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have a bone to pick (with one)

To have an issue to discuss, argue about, or bring up (with one), typically something 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? Uh oh, the boss looks like she's got a bone to pick. I wonder who screwed up this time.
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have a bone to pick (with someone)

to have a disagreement to discuss with someone; to have something to argue about with someone. Hey, Bill. I've got a bone to pick with you. Where is the money you owe me? I had a bone to pick with her, but she was so sweet that I forgot about it.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

have a bone to pick with someone

INFORMAL
If you say that you have a bone to pick with someone, you mean that you are annoyed with them about something, and you want to talk to them about it. `I have a bone to pick with you.' She felt justified in bringing up a matter that she had been afraid to discuss before. Note: This expression may refer to the fact that dogs often fight over bones.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

have a bone to pick with someone

have reason to disagree or be annoyed with someone. informal
A bone to pick (or gnaw ) has been a metaphor for a problem or difficulty to be thought over since the mid 16th century.
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have a ˈbone to pick with somebody

(informal) have something that you want to complain to somebody about: Here, I’ve got a bone to pick with you: why did you tell David I wasn’t at home when he phoned?
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