bone of contention
A reference to two dogs fighting over the same bone.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbəʊn əv kənˈtɛnʃən/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈboʊn əv kənˈtɛnʃən/
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- (idiomatic) Something that continues to be disputed; something on which no agreement can be reached
- It is still a bone of contention whether to go ahead with the original plan in light of the new evidence.
Something that continues to be disputed