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English definition of “a bone of contention”

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a bone of contention

something that two or more people argue about strongly over a long period of time
Translations of “a bone of contention”
in Chinese (Traditional) 爭辯的起因,爭議點…
in Russian яблоко раздора…
in Turkish insanların üzerinde tartıştığı şey, tartışma konusu…
in Chinese (Simplified) 争辩的起因,争议点…
in Polish kość niezgody…
(Definition of a bone of contention from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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