bone of contention


bone of contention
a subject, cause, or focal point of a dispute: The terms of the old man's will were a bone of contention to his survivors.
[1705-15]

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  • bone of contention — {n. phr.} Something to fight over; a reason for quarrels; the subject of a fight. * /The boundary line between the farms was a bone of contention between the two farmers./ * /The use of the car was a bone of contention between Joe and his wife./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bone of contention — {n. phr.} Something to fight over; a reason for quarrels; the subject of a fight. * /The boundary line between the farms was a bone of contention between the two farmers./ * /The use of the car was a bone of contention between Joe and his wife./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bone of contention — If there is an issue that always causes tension and arguments, it is a bone of contention …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • bone of contention — ► bone of contention a source of continuing disagreement. Main Entry: ↑bone …   English terms dictionary

  • bone of contention — index problem, question (issue) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • bone of contention — n. a matter for argument; subject about which there is disagreement …   English World dictionary

  • bone of contention — noun the subject of a dispute the real bone of contention, as you know, is money • Hypernyms: ↑subject, ↑topic, ↑theme * * * a subject, cause, or focal point of a dispute: The terms of the old man s will were a bone of contention to his survivors …   Useful english dictionary

  • bone of contention — bones of contention N COUNT If a particular matter or issue is a bone of contention, it is the subject of a disagreement or argument. The main bone of contention is the temperature level of the air conditioners …   English dictionary

  • bone\ of\ contention — n. phr. Something to fight over; a reason for quarrels; the subject of a fight. The boundary line between the farms was a bone of contention between the two farmers. The use of the car was a bone of contention between Joe and his wife …   Словарь американских идиом

  • bone of contention —    If there is an issue that always causes tension and arguments, it is a bone of contention.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    A bone of contention is a matter or subject about which there is …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions


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