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a bone of contention

An unresolved problem, dispute, or disagreement. Jerry leaving his dirty dishes in the sink for days became a bone of contention between him and his roommate.
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bone of contention

Fig. the subject or point of an argument; an unsettled point of disagreement. We've fought for so long that we've forgotten what the bone of contention is. The question of a fence between the houses has become quite a bone of contention.
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bone of contention

Main issue of a disagreement; something to quarrel about. For example, Grandfather's will was a bone of contention for the whole family. This expression alludes to two dogs fighting (contending) over a single bone. In slightly different guise, bone of dissension, it was used figuratively in the 16th century and took its present form in the early 1700s.
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bone of contention

The subject of a dispute.
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Marriage to Robert Dudley, earl of Leicester, or another Englishman might nor only have diminished her reputation abroad but might also have resulted in internal dissension.
The National Guard was called, it was clear that they were willing to kill anyone who had the audacity to voice dissension.
This threat to the unity and stability of the family is a source of dissension, disorder, and injustice in the whole of social life.
As with any group that evolves from underground movement to full-fledged cultural phenomenon, the desire to enforce such sharp delineation has begun to cause dissension within the ranks.
Care takes a fictional company in the throes of employee dissension and managerial heartlessness through the steps necessary to achieve empathy and, ultimately, success in the workplace.
1970)), suggest dissension between the Service and courts (most notably the Tax Court) as to the proper criteria for determining whether a material used in a service business is a supply or potential merchandise.
The farmers on BPEX wanted this ad but the processors were against it," said Dalehead Foods md Tony Ambler, confirming earlier reports of dissension within the MLC-spin off body.
Berger said this was necessary to prevent internal dissension among NATO's 19 member governments.
Given current economic and financial conditions, the G-7 meeting is likely to see no particular dissension or clashes, he said.
Kamau's attempt to humanize the ancestors by investing their lives (well, after-lives) with humor, lust, and dissension sometimes lightens the tone of the novel considerably, but al so confuses its message.
So the public discussion of the issue pushes us to extreme positions, increasing dissension and making any possibility of progress toward a constructive solution less and less likely.
Refrain from spreading anything fueled by jealousy, resentment or dissension.
3) Commenter also contends that state law would effectively limit First Mariner to acquiring approximately 20 percent of the company's voting shares,(4) and that First Mariner's position as a minority shareholder would cause dissension and disruption within the management of Glen Burnie.
The other thing I encourage is constructive criticism or constructive dissension," he said.