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- n. Something that continues to be disputed; something on which no agreement can be reached
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- n. the subject of a dispute
Thus, the "Concordia" became a bone of contention in the schools, and brought on a deplorable discord among the theologians, especially those of the Dominican and Jesuit orders.
And what question so likely to occur, or fraught with deeper interest to her, than that which formed the bone of contention between the Jews and Samaritans, and which was suggested to her by the very spot on which they stood, Mount Gerizim itself towering up just at hand [ "Our fathers worshipped in this mountain, and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship"].
‘If the students can take P.T. they can take anything,’ said the drawling voice of Miss Pettinsalt, throwing in a bone of contention at which she knew all the Common Room would snap.
The question of a motorbike was a bone of contention between them and he hoped that Ben would have enough sense to draw his own conclusions.
HIV/AIDS : Former South African President Thabo Mbeki's policy, which questioned the conventional treatment of the disease, was a bone of contention for many American policy makers.
After it had been settled, in 1834, that a convention would be called to amend the constitution, the Raleigh Star said that this question had "long proved a bone of contention in the councils of the State, to the exclusion of calm deliberation on everything else."
Neither Christopher nor Aspin objected to the notion of Lake chairing the main policymaking committee, even though the prerogative of the national security adviser had been a major bone of contention during the Carter administrationand many others.