bone of contention
- The definition of a bone of contention is an issue about which people disagree, especially if the disagreement is ongoing.
An example of a bone of contention is the issue of money among a couple who continually fights about their budget every month.
Finances are a bone of contention with this couple.
bone of contention definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
a matter for argument; subject about which there is disagreement
bone of contention - Phrases/Idioms
Main issue of a disagreement; something to quarrel about. For example, Grandfather's will was a bone of contention for the whole family. This expression alludes to two dogs fighting (contending) over a single bone. In slightly different guise, bone of dissension, it was used figuratively in the 16th century and took its present form in the early 1700s.