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What is the meaning of the idiom "bone of contention"?

(Ch. Umapathi, Srikakulam)

Which is the best cricket team in the world? Some people believe that it is India. Others are of the opinion that it is Australia. When people belonging to these two groups get together, they have big arguments, which very often lead to unpleasant situations. When you say that something is the "bone of contention" what you mean is that it is a source of trouble; it causes dissension. Individuals fight over something like several dogs fighting over a single bone. Here are a few examples.

*The dam has always been a bone of contention between the two states.

*The main bone of contention was deciding which Minister would be garlanded first.

S. UPENDRAN

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