a subject, cause, or focal point of a dispute:
The terms of the old man’s will were a bone of contention to his survivors.
the grounds or subject of a dispute
Main issue of a disagreement; something to quarrel about. For example, Grandfather’s will was a bone of contention for the whole family. This expression alludes to two dogs fighting (contending) over a single bone. In slightly different guise, bone of dissension, it was used figuratively in the 16th century and took its present form in the early 1700s.
powerful or constricting enough to crush one’s bones: a bone-crushing handshake. extremely painful, troublesome, costly, etc.: a bone-crushing mortgage. Historical Examples Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 16, Slice 6 Various Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 8 Various Deathworld Harry Harrison The People of the Black Circle Robert E. Howard In Darkest Africa, Vol. […]
a measurement of the amount of calcium and other minerals in a segment of bone, a higher mineral content indicating a higher bone density and strength, used to detect osteoporosis or monitor its treatment.
a measurement of the amount of calcium and other minerals in a segment of bone, a higher mineral content indicating a higher bone density and strength, used to detect osteoporosis or monitor its treatment. Contemporary Examples Jon Stewart Talks ‘Rosewater’ and the ‘Chickensh-t’ Democrats’ Midterm Massacre Marlow Stern November 8, 2014 You’re Never ‘Cured’ of […]
very dry. very thirsty. Slang. dry (def 17). Ceramics. (of clay) thoroughly dried. Contemporary Examples Cracking the New York Times Popularity Code Thomas E. Weber December 19, 2010 2012’s Invisible Candidate Michelle Cottle August 11, 2011 Historical Examples Frenzied Fiction Stephen Leacock Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray The Automobile Storage Battery O. A. […]