a bone of contention


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Related to a bone of contention: merit, quarrel, quip, abide, sullen
Translations
مَوْضوعُ خِلافٍ أو نِزاع
jablko sváru
vita: a vita tárgya
ágreiningsefni, bitbein
tartışma nedeni

bone

(bəun) noun
1. the hard substance forming the skeleton of man, animals etc. Bone decays far more slowly than flesh.
2. a piece of this substance. She broke two of the bones in her foot.
verb
to take the bones out of (fish etc).
ˈbony adjective
1. like bone. a bony substance.
2. full of bones. This fish is very bony.
3. thin. bony fingers.
bone china
china in whose manufacture the ashes of burnt bones are used.
bone idle
very lazy. He could find a job but he's bone idle.
a bone of contention
a cause of argument or quarrelling. Ownership of the boat was a bone of contention between the two men for many years.
have a bone to pick with (someone)
to have something to argue about with (a person).
to the bone
1. thoroughly and completely. I was chilled to the bone.
2. to the minimum. I've cut my expenses to the bone.
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References in classic literature ?
"Now, my dear souls, don't let us quarrel and make Rose a bone of contention though, upon my word, she is almost a bone, poor little lass!
He said the road has become a bone of contention between Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments for various technical differences of land disputes.
KISHANGANGA Dam has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan.