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