Have a Bone to Pick with You

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To have a complaint and argument about something


  • It is a saying of 16th century which reflects an idea of people grumbling and arguing over minute points in a certain matter. It is like dogs that pick over bones to eat every bit of meat. According to some people,the phrase might have originated in the 19th century giving notion that two people argue in the same way like two dogs fight over a bone. So if someone has a “bone to pick” with you suggest that he or she has a complaint with you about something.

The student got panic when the class teacher said he had a bone to pick with him.

Submitted on February 25, 2019


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