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What does 'I have a bone to pick with you' mean?

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2015-09-27 12:50:09
2015-09-27 12:50:09

Bone to pick," dates back to the 16th century, simply refers to a dog chewing endlessly on, and "picking clean," a large bone. A "bone to pick" is thus a subject or issue that is expected to require considerable discussion or argument. A similar phrase, "bone of contention," meaning an issue over which two people argue, also dates back to the 1500s and refers, appropriately, to two dogs fighting over an especially choice bone.

it means to have grievance about something (i have a small dispute to settle with you) will be changed to ( I have a bone to pick with you )
It means a person wants to confront or address a complaint with another person.
I am guessing you want to know what this means well it simply means I have a problem with you or something you have done and I am going to discuss it with you and tell you off.


The origin of this phrase can be found in the 15th and 16th centuries. Either 2 dogs fighting over a bone or a dog chewing endlessly on a bone until there is nothing left to pick apart.

So if your friend comes up and says "I've got a bone to pick with you." expect to hear in more words than are needed what you did and why he is so upset by it.

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