sore point

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sore point (plural sore points)

  1. (idiomatic) A state of affairs, action, or belief which is an enduring basis for disagreement or dissatisfaction.
    • 1871–72, George Eliot, Middlemarch, Chapter 18:
      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, Adventure, ch. 6:
      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 Oct. 27, Adam Zagorin and Scott MacLeod, "So Who's Talking To Iran?," Time:
      [T]he talks have touched on Iran's suspected nuclear-weapons program, its sponsorship of terrorism and other sore points.