sore point

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sore point (plural sore points)

  1. (idiomatic) An action, belief, or state of affairs which is an enduring basis for disagreement or dissatisfaction.
    Synonyms: bone of contention, bone to pick, point of contention
    • 1871, George Eliot [pseudonym; Mary Ann Evans], chapter XVIII, in Middlemarch [], volume I, Edinburgh, London: William Blackwood and Sons, →OCLC, book II, page 337:
      The affair of the chaplaincy remained a sore point in his memory as a case in which this petty medium of Middlemarch had been too strong for him.
    • 1911, Jack London, chapter 6, in Adventure:
      It is a sore point with me, this being told what I am to do or not do by you self-constituted lords of creation.
    • 2003 October 27, Adam Zagorin, Scott MacLeod, “So Who's Talking To Iran?”, in Time[1], archived from the original on 2011-01-20:
      [T]he talks have touched on Iran's suspected nuclear-weapons program, its sponsorship of terrorism and other sore points.