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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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His study revolves around questions of the "Amsterdam International's" policies, strategies, alliances, and ideas, as well as the way the superstructure of national union leaders, together with a small group of international officials, responded to a succession of internal crises and to dissension within international social democracy in the period between the World Wars.
Dissension over the issue of homosexuality continued last month to mark Fife in some areas of the Episcopal Church of the United States (ECUSA).
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However, bandmates didn't fully embrace the bandleader's religious direction and dissension eventually developed along with McLaughlin's explorative desires.
There will be no improvement, but perhaps they'll create dissension within the ``old guard'' .
Judge Judy" features the outspoken, no-nonsense family court judge, Judge Judy Sheindlin, and selects actual cases from across the nation dealing with family court, marital dissension and small claims disputes.
Maybe someday we will be ready, but for now it simply sows dissension on all sides, which is counterproductive to everyone in the long run.
Moody's lauded the hospital's attempts to make a financial turnaround with the help of consultant The Camden Group, but said management efforts will be hampered by dissension among board members.
Maybe someday we will be ready, but for now it simply sows dissension on all sides.
At the higher education levels, the authors describe how many Catholic colleges and universities are only nominally but not really Catholic because they are in open dissension with Vatican directives.
After a two-and-a-half-hour board meeting, Ellis said: "There was much talking but no argument, no dissension.
he said the diocese was "filled with tensions and dissension," a point he made in his resignation announcement that said he felt he was personally blamed for the diocese's difficulties.
Time is short -- a ma~ter of months in an election year -- and if liberals blow the opportunity offered by conservative dissension, they could be in for another long they could be in for another long wait.
However, in spite of considerable dissension and calls to merely review the 20-year-old Groceries Order and update it, the Competition Authority of Ireland abolished it in November 2005.
The lawyers condemned subversive acts in Bahrain led by a group aiming to foment dissension and terrorise innocent people.