bone to pick, have a

An unpleasant issue or grievance that needs discussion. For example, Concerning the room assignments, I have a bone to pick with you. This metaphoric term alludes to a dog worrying a bone. [Early 1500s]


Nearby words

  1. bone oil,
  2. bone porcelain,
  3. bone shaker,
  4. bone spavin,
  5. bone to pick,
  6. bone turquoise,
  7. bone up,
  8. bone-crushing,
  9. bone-dry,
  10. bone-marrow transplant

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