bone of contention

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a. The dense, semirigid, porous, calcified connective tissue forming the major portion of the skeleton of most vertebrates. It consists of a dense organic matrix and an inorganic, mineral component.
b. Any of numerous anatomically distinct structures making up the skeleton of a vertebrate animal. There are more than 200 different bones in the human body.
c. A piece of bone.
2. bones
a. The skeleton.
b. The body: These old bones don't do much dancing anymore.
c. Mortal remains: His bones are buried up on the hill.
3. An animal structure or material, such as ivory, resembling bone.
4. Something made of bone or of material resembling bone, especially:
a. A piece of whalebone or similar material used as a corset stay.
b. bones Informal Dice.
5. bones The fundamental plan or design, as of the plot of a book.
a. bones Flat clappers made of bone or wood originally used by the end man in a minstrel show.
b. Bones(used with a sing. verb) The end man in a minstrel show.
7. Vulgar Slang The penis.
v. boned, bon·ing, bones
1. To remove the bones from: bone a fish.
2. To stiffen (a piece of clothing) with stays, as of whalebone.
3. Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse with. Used especially of a man.
Vulgar Slang To have sexual intercourse.
Phrasal Verb:
bone up
Informal To study, often in preparation for an anticipated event: boned up for the final exam.
bone of contention
The subject of a dispute.
bone to pick
Grounds for a complaint or dispute.
in (one's) bones
In one's innermost feelings: knew in my bones that I was wrong.
to the bone
To an extreme degree: was chilled to the bone; cut the budget to the bone.

[Middle English bon, from Old English bān.]

bone of contention

the grounds or subject of a dispute

bone′ of conten′tion

the subject or focal point of a dispute.
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Noun1.bone of contention - the subject of a dispute; "the real bone of contention, as you know, is money"
subject, theme, topic - the subject matter of a conversation or discussion; "he didn't want to discuss that subject"; "it was a very sensitive topic"; "his letters were always on the theme of love"

bone of contention

npomo della discordia
References in classic literature ?
But the result of all this was a beautiful and unending family quarrel, in which I was the bone of contention.
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
Have it your own way then; for I would not have this matter become a bone of contention between us.
Then it grew to be a bone of contention between the British and the French, being occupied now by the one and now by the other, emerging from each occupation with some fresh scar of battling nations branded on it.
twill be an evil day to ye both, when ye first turn the skin of so paceable an animal as a sheep into a bone of contention, The lad is wilcome to his drink for nothing, until his shoulther will bear the rifle agin.
Poor Mary little thought it would be such a bone of contention when she gave it me to keep, only two hours before she died.
The MP stressed necessity to legalize the proposal which the parliament would adopt concerning transportation allowance so that the issue would not remain a bone of contention.
April convinces Frank to move with her and the kids for a fresh start in Paris, but what begins as an exciting plan quickly unravels and becomes another bone of contention in their troubled relationship.
The 25-year-old's main bone of contention appeared to be the altered format of the tournament, one of three events along with the World Championship and the Masters that he claims Hearn vowed not to tinker with when he took up office.
The Soviet Army monument in the Bulgarian capital Sofia has been a bone of contention among "anti-communists", "russophobes", and other groups ever since the fall of communism in 1989.
But absent from the bill is a labor-related provision that has served as a bone of contention between parcel industry heavyweights FedEx and UPS.
THE foundation stone for a road under- bridge in south Delhi has turned out to be a bone of contention between two leaders of the ruling Congress.