bone to pick
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- (usually with with) An item of disagreement to complain about or resolve.
1903, Joseph A. Altsheler, chapter 1, in Before the Dawn:
- "I say, Winthrop," he cried, "I've got a bone to pick with you. You've been hitting me pretty hard in that rag of yours. Do you know what a public man down in the Gulf States does with an editor who attacks him?"
2017 October 29, Terry Carter, “Tort Reform Texas Style”, in ABA Journal, volume 92, number 10, page 30-36:
- There are a few plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions in lesser populated areas, but big-city courts had few suits that did not involve medical error and "a legitimate bone to pick."