bone to pick


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bone

 (bōn)
n.
1.
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.
6.
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
v.tr.
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.
v.intr.
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.
Idioms:
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 have a big bone to pick with he, I can assure 'n!' And some way behind her mother walked Jack's young woman, crying bitterly into her handkercher.
"I've more than a little bone to pick with Bryce," called Henry from the inner chamber.
USA had just been promoted to ODI status and Canada had a bone to pick with them, so you had good rivalry.
BONE TO PICK: Professor Phil Manning, from Manchester University, at the site
The US may have a bone to pick with Iran, but labelling a state's military unit as 'terrorists' is strange; even during the height of the Cold War the US did not use such terms for the Red Army, and vice versa.
"While the royal couple may look picture perfect from the outside, apparently the Duchess of Sussex has a bone to pick with his Royal Highness," panelist Adrienne Bailon said.
Other diehard language purists have a bone to pick with the tone of Punjabi used.
Thus, Shahbaz's directing NAB, in his position as PAC Chairman, to provide more details on pending cases and criticising it for being selective in its justice, makes a strong case for a possible conflict of interest on Shahbaz's side- it is difficult to see how the younger Sharif brother can take unbiased decisions with NAB when he has a bone to pick with the Bureau.
Yet, Beijing had a bone to pick with Washington on that, having scrambled warships and demanding the Ticonderoga-class cruiser immediately leave the zone.
And Tracy has a bone to pick with Abi before heading to her wedding.