Definition of bone of contention in English:

bone of contention

phrase

  • A subject or issue over which there is continuing disagreement.

    ‘the examination system has long been a serious bone of contention’
    • ‘This has been a bone of contention for many years and I am sure it will continue to be so for many more.’
    • ‘This matter has always been a bone of contention with councillors but on this occasion no one objected to the proposal by council management.’
    • ‘Control of the few viable roads is another bone of contention among various warlords who exercise their authority by blocking delivery of aid items.’
    • ‘Bonus payments have a nasty habit of being bones of contention in the football domain.’
    • ‘Road safety and pollution issues were the main bones of contention, with frequent tailbacks of lorries billowing fumes into people's homes, he said.’
    • ‘The issue has been a bone of contention for several years between Mid West farmers and State Government authorities.’
    • ‘Bank charges are a continual bone of contention between bankers and depositors.’
    • ‘The city's educational system continues to be a bone of contention for Burns and other residents.’
    • ‘Their two Schnauzers were the original bones of contention.’
    • ‘Race relations in the USA continue to be a hot topic and a bone of contention for many American writers.’
    • ‘The zebra crossing outside the library in Pickwick Road, Corsham, has been a serious bone of contention among residents for a number of years.’
    • ‘The community group said although they are no strangers to the struggle for technology, equality remains a major bone of contention.’
    • ‘Sometime ago, the first point was a serious bone of contention with some opponents of Australian government policy on East Timor.’
    • ‘Footwear, even for the five-year-olds, can be a serious bone of contention within families at this time of year.’
    • ‘In the last century the same conflicts led to the First World War and continued to be a bone of contention throughout the Second.’
    • ‘The issue has become a serious bone of contention between the union and the management.’
    • ‘However, the latter is the main bone of contention in this argument.’
    • ‘School prizes have always been bones of contention.’
    • ‘This was a bone of contention with residents and business owners.’
    • ‘Since its completion, the new pier has been a bone of contention with tour boat operators over the issue of safety in mooring their boats.’
    matter, matter in question, affair, business, subject, topic, question, point, point at issue, item, thing, case, concern, theme
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