apple of discord


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apple of discord

Something that causes unhappiness or trouble. That stupid prom dress has been their apple of discord—they're been fighting over who gets to wear it for days now! Why aren't you talking to Mary Beth? What is the apple of discord here?
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apple of discord

a subject of dissension.
This expression refers to the Greek myth in which a golden apple inscribed ‘for the fairest’ was contended for by the goddesses Hera, Athene, and Aphrodite.
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Greek legend has the gods quarreling over a golden apple, which in turn brought about the destruction of the city of Troy, hence apple of discord.
This ideological gap is the real apple of discord, because interests can be reconciled by bargaining, but principles cannot.
Among the numerous plays he had staged between 1870 and 1881 (thus during the decade of Wagner's Bayreuth undertaking) were A Diplomatic Mission, Maria and Magdalena, A Success, Aunt Therese, The Apple of Discord, and Disgraceful Work -- titles that suggest Lindau's own commitment to the drama of the present rather than that of "the future.
When the golden apple of discord was thrown on the table of the gods, it was Paris who had to judge between the rival claims of Hera, Aphrodite, and Athene.
Another persistent apple of discord is the issue of public-public cooperation or that of businesses tied to a public entity (vertical cooperation).
In Bulgaria, the issue has turned into the apple of discord for the allies of the ruling party.
BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: The Iraqi parliament on Saturday started a session to vote on several draft laws on its agenda, not including the election law, an apple of discord between the Kurdistan Alliance bloc on one hand and the Arab and Turkmen blocs on the other.
Not since Eris's Apple of Discord, or perhaps the Garden of Eden, can a simple piece of fruit have been the cause of so much trouble.