bone to pick

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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 to pick

A grievance or complaint; from the idea of picking all of the meat from a bone until none is left.
References in classic literature ?
I've more than a little bone to pick with Bryce," called Henry from the inner chamber.
Now there is no more bone to pick from Fido, thanks to frozen Dogsters Healthy Treats.
As for the judging, Riggs has a bone to pick with Cowell's signature shtick: ``He shouldn't compare one contestant with the other.
Because I have always enjoyed the fact-filled material in your magazine, though often disagreeing with it, I have a modest bone to pick with an article in your January/February issue ("Tilting at Windmills" by Charles Peters).
Dobson had a bone to pick with the clueless yellow sponge: As first reported in The New York Times, the religious broadcaster lit into the cartoon sponge for being a dupe of the gay-rights movement and appearing in what he called a "pro-homosexual" video.
Many people who write letters to the editor have a bone to pick with someone - the president, the governor or the guy who ran the red light at Sixth and Willamette last Tuesday at 4:22 p.
Ellis Cose, author of Bone to Pick and contributing editor for Newsweek magazine, certainly isn't betting his future on the hope that someone is going to give reparations to black folks anytime soon.
Ross figures in Bone to Pick as the voice of advocacy and reason as to the merit of the state and city awarding reparations to those who survived the atrocities.
If you have a bone to pick with your skeleton, the D.
Sounds to me you've got a bone to pick that has nothing to do with my writing or Ellen Gallagher's art.
I have a literary bone to pick with Nick Gillespie.
But the diehard fans of Open-Book Management (OBM) may have a bone to pick with you.