bone to pick
- (usually with with) An item of disagreement to complain about or resolve.
- 1903, Joseph A. Altsheler, chapter 1, in Before the Dawn:
- "I say, Winthrop," he cried, "I've got a bone to pick with you. You've been hitting me pretty hard in that rag of yours. Do you know what a public man down in the Gulf States does with an editor who attacks him?"
- 2019 October 19, Terry Carter, “Tort Reform Texas Style”, in ABA Journal, volume 92, number 10, page 30-36:
- There are a few plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions in lesser populated areas, but big-city courts had few suits that did not involve medical error and "a legitimate bone to pick."