pick a bone with (someone)

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pick a bone with (someone)

To fight, quarrel, or squabble with someone, usually over a specific point. When you get in any discussions on the Internet, you'll always encounter people who pick a bone with you purely for their own twisted entertainment. This meal is awful! Where's the manager? I'm going to go pick a bone with her!
See also: bone, pick
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pick a bone (with someone), to

To engage in a dispute; to disagree or quarrel with someone. This term, alluding to two dogs fighting over a bone, dates from the sixteenth century. “I will add this, which may be a bone for you to pick on,” wrote James Calfhill (Answer to Martiall, 1565).
See also: bone, pick, to
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