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bone of contention

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A reference to two dogs fighting over the same bone.

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bone of contention (plural bones of contention)

  1. (idiomatic) Something that continues to be disputed; something on which no agreement can be reached
    It is still a bone of contention whether to go ahead with the original plan in light of the new evidence.
    • 2018 November 18, Phil McNulty, “England 2 - 1 Croatia”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      England's "Football Coming Home" anthem became a serious bone of contention at the World Cup - with Croatia using it as a sign of arrogance from their opponents in the build up to the semi-final.

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