to have a bone to pick with

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - have a bone to pick with

"to have a bone to pick with"

to need to confront someone about something annoying they have done


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - have a bone to pick with

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Hey! I've got a bone to pick with you.

Colleague 2:  OK. What's the complaint this time?

Colleague 1:  Your portion of the report you sent yesterday did not follow the format that is clearly stipulated and I had to spend two hours making corrections.

Colleague 2:  Sorry about that. I'll be more careful next time. Anything else?

Colleague 1:  That's it for now.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - have a bone to pick with

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  Something wrong, dear?

Husband:  Yes. I have a bone to pick with you.

Wife:  What is it?

Husband:  You never put the top back on the salt shaker correctly.

Wife:  Well, you could check it before you use it.

Husband:  Please just screw the top on well next time, OK?

Wife:  Whatever makes you happy.

to have a bone to pick with - Usage:


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to have a bone to pick with - Gerund Form:

Having a bone to pick with your spouse means there is going to be trouble.

to have a bone to pick with - Examples:

1)  Though I do have a bone to pick with her. She had a few malfunctions and the alarms went off.

2)   ... because it is an internal matter involving mainly citizens of that country who have a bone to pick with their leadership and are calling for a regime change.

3)  ... there are plenty of companies and groups of people that have a bone to pick with Apple.

4)  If you have a bone to pick with someone, you are annoyed about something they have done.

5)  Wow! some of you above really have a bone to pick with Nick Munene but I think all that is personal.

6)  ... the pace of reforms has slowed down in the recent months and I have a bone to pick with the following issues.

7)  ... half of the time, are actually constructive criticisms in disguise. You have a bone to pick with someone?

8)  If you have a bone to pick with Masnick, that's your problem.

9)  I have a bone to pick with something Edward G. Grodon said (though I agree with the rest ...

10)  ... as it seems that the majority of posters are the ones that have a bone to pick with a company or have a chip on their shoulder.

11)  Finally, I have a bone to pick with the language. It's so labored.

12)  I have a bone to pick with E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post. Dionne recently published an opinion ...

13)  But researchers from Stanford University seem to have a bone to pick with that argument.

14)  ... continue to dig with the gigantic ego they have. I also have a bone to pick with the people supporting Apple in this. How dense can a person ...

15)  I have a bone to pick with DCs, especially in the United States. They frequently misrepresent their ...

16)  Each are a vocal minority in their parties. Each has a bone to pick with Rae.

17)  ... acting like a jilted lover!! seems like he has a bone to pick with RAO.J

18)  ... of diabolical Freemason idea to take over the world, or maybe he has a bone to pick with the way diplomats carry out their business.

19)  ... an old ex-lover she has to find but then - she still has a bone to pick with him ...

20)  The minister, however, has a bone to pick with whoever expects Uganda to have a perfect road network.