bone to pick, have a

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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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