have a bone to pick with (one)

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have a bone to pick with (one)

To have an issue to discuss with someone—typically one that is a source of annoyance for the speaker. Hey, I have a bone to pick with you! Why didn't you put gas in my car after you borrowed it?
See also: bone, have, pick

bone to pick, have a

An unpleasant issue or grievance that needs discussion. For example, Concerning the room assignments, I have a bone to pick with you. This metaphoric term alludes to a dog worrying a bone. [Early 1500s]
See also: bone, have