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vexed question

A topic or point that people discuss or argue about at length, but never manage to settle or resolve. After three months of discussions, the vexed question of the disputed border continues to derail peace talks. How the government should go about dismantling the organization is still something of a vexed question.
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a vexed ˈquestion

a difficult problem that people often talk and argue about: They’re discussing the vexed question of private health insurance.
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Give each student a copy of their "vexed" image and challenge them to create an original work of art that incorporates or is inspired by the picture.
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Nevertheless Shakespeare's further repetition of the dynamic under analysis creates the impression of an oxymoronic vexed still, still vexed experience.
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Shillong/Guwahati, Nov 11 (ANI): Senior ministers from the states of Meghalaya and Assam are scheduled to meet today to iron out the vexed border dispute between the two states.
In recent times, the reason behind this transition has vexed geologists and naturalists alike.
The prospect of making a history of media art, as the Whitney Museum claims to do with "Into the Light: The Projected Image in American Art 1964-1977," organized by Chrissie lies, is therefore both significant and vexed. How can one give to video and film the are of historical development they tend to undermine through their own procedures?
Can we draw connections between stories, speculate about the development of themes and characters, or does Chesnutt's uniquely vexed relationship to the American publishing establishment preclude su ch traditional habits of scholarly analysis?