Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.

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.
See also: question, vexed

a vexed ˈquestion

a difficult problem that people often talk and argue about: They’re discussing the vexed question of private health insurance.
See also: question, vexed
References in classic literature ?
Tell me frankly, you were vexed at getting my letter, and you didn't believe me?
I'm only vexed, that's true, that you seem somehow unwilling to admit that there are duties.
I was vexed and I lost my sleep, and I began making inquiries.
But as soon as she saw him vexed again, she kissed his hand, and said she would sing him to sleep.
Leaving this Parthian shaft to rankle in Anne's stormy bosom, Marilla descended to the kitchen, grievously troubled in mind and vexed in soul.
Indeed, Senor Don Quixote," said the barber, "I did not mean it in that way, and, so help me God, my intention was good, and your worship ought not to be vexed.
As to whether I ought to be vexed or not," returned Don Quixote, "I myself am the best judge.
ISLAMABAD, January 14, 2012 (Frontier Star): The head of New Delhi-based Kashmir Committee and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader, Ram Jethmalani, has said that the vexed Kashmir dispute cannot be resolved unless New Delhi shows flexibility.
Created and written by Howard Overman - give that man a proper second series, for this (like Sherlock and The Great Outdoors) is a mere three-parter - Vexed follows the mixed fortunes of an odd couple of detectives, Jack Armstrong (Toby Stephens) and Kate Bishop (Lucy Punch).
In a unique take on the traditional detective show, Vexed sees Jack partnered with Kate (played by Stephens's good friend Lucy Punch) but the pair spend more time focusing on their personal lives than fighting crime.
Summary: India's foreign secretary Shiv Shankar Menon said on Thursday that India and China were attempting to find a solution for the vexed boundary dispute.
1 : to bring trouble, distress, or worry to He was vexed by thoughts of what might have been.
Contaminated land has vexed researchers, who don't want to risk introducing chronic wasting disease into diseasefree regions but don't want tests confounded by dirty fields.
Extinguishing what has become vexed also becomes the burden of her next utterance: "The sky, it seems, would pour down stinking pitch, / But that the sea, mounting to the welkin' s cheek, / Dashes the fire out" (1.