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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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The American will know how to appreciate the importance of this opinion, in relation to the house in question, when he is told that it was written by one of those inspired moralists, and profound constitutional lawyers, and ingenious political economists, who daily teach their fellow creatures how to give practical illustrations of the mandates of the Bible, how to discriminate in vexed questions arising from the national compact, and how to manage their private affairs in such a way as to escape the quicksands that have wrecked their own.
We were relieved at this, but on the whole, our adventure had not done much towards clearing up the vexed question of Peg's witchcraft.
The Irish border is one of the most vexed questions facing negotiators who aim to strike a deal by the autumn ahead of the UK's withdrawal from the EU next year.
The identity of captain Alastair Cook's batting partner is likely to be one of the most vexed questions during selection meetings this week.
Two things struck me about this: one, does anyone really care, and two, there is no raging debate about who should play for England, so why pay over the odds for a coach when the usual vexed questions of selection do not exist?
Taken together, they offer an entree into two vexed questions that Catholicism has still not answered: To what extent is Catholicism--the bearer of a two-millennia-old culture that it invites peoples of other cultures to join as a way of being Christian--justified in maintaining its traditions to foster visible unity?
He noted: 'America is addressing its deficits and Europe and Asia are addressing the vexed questions of structural reform.'
What most parents will be glad to discover, though, are the answers to such vexed questions as what a healthy option a veggie diet can be.
On the vexed questions of poverty and of whether he along with his queen supported the Fraticelli, the sermons offer little evidence.
A Secret History of Rail investigates all those vexed questions that most of us have about the rail system in this country (C4, 7.10pm).
Of all the vexed questions of etiquette that affect our lives today, this is perhaps the most serious, and I believe it's high time we gave the middle finger to those breathtakingly arrogant restaurants that still insist on a dress code.
In each instance, he seeks to demonstrate that the "received wisdom" invoked by "traditionalists" to resolve vexed questions is neither perspicuous nor fully persuasive.