A bone to pick


A bone to pick
Bone Bone (b[=o]n; 110), n. [OE. bon, ban, AS. b[=a]n; akin to Icel. bein, Sw. ben, Dan. & D. been, G. bein bone, leg; cf. Icel. beinn straight.] 1. (Anat.) The hard, calcified tissue of the skeleton of vertebrate animals, consisting very largely of calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, and gelatine; as, blood and bone. [1913 Webster]

Note: Even in the hardest parts of bone there are many minute cavities containing living matter and connected by minute canals, some of which connect with larger canals through which blood vessels ramify. [1913 Webster]

2. One of the pieces or parts of an animal skeleton; as, a rib or a thigh bone; a bone of the arm or leg; also, any fragment of bony substance. (pl.) The frame or skeleton of the body. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything made of bone, as a bobbin for weaving bone lace. [1913 Webster]

4. pl. Two or four pieces of bone held between the fingers and struck together to make a kind of music. [1913 Webster]

5. pl. Dice. [1913 Webster]

6. Whalebone; hence, a piece of whalebone or of steel for a corset. [1913 Webster]

7. Fig.: The framework of anything. [1913 Webster]

{A bone of contention}, a subject of contention or dispute.

{A bone to pick}, something to investigate, or to busy one's self about; a dispute to be settled (with some one).

{Bone ash}, the residue from calcined bones; -- used for making cupels, and for cleaning jewelry.

{Bone black} (Chem.), the black, carbonaceous substance into which bones are converted by calcination in close vessels; -- called also {animal charcoal}. It is used as a decolorizing material in filtering sirups, extracts, etc., and as a black pigment. See {Ivory black}, under {Black}.

{Bone cave}, a cave in which are found bones of extinct or recent animals, mingled sometimes with the works and bones of man. --Am. Cyc.

{Bone dust}, ground or pulverized bones, used as a fertilizer.

{Bone earth} (Chem.), the earthy residuum after the calcination of bone, consisting chiefly of phosphate of calcium.

{Bone lace}, a lace made of linen thread, so called because woven with bobbins of bone.

{Bone oil}, an oil obtained by, heating bones (as in the manufacture of bone black), and remarkable for containing the nitrogenous bases, pyridine and quinoline, and their derivatives; -- also called {Dippel's oil}.

{Bone setter}. Same as {Bonesetter}. See in the Vocabulary.

{Bone shark} (Zo["o]l.), the basking shark.

{Bone spavin}. See under {Spavin}.

{Bone turquoise}, fossil bone or tooth of a delicate blue color, sometimes used as an imitation of true turquoise.

{Bone whale} (Zo["o]l.), a right whale.

{To be upon the bones of}, to attack. [Obs.]

{To make no bones}, to make no scruple; not to hesitate. [Low]

{To pick a bone with}, to quarrel with, as dogs quarrel over a bone; to settle a disagreement. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • bone to pick — If you have a bone to pick with someone, you are annoyed about something they have done and want to tell them how you feel …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • bone to pick — phrasal : a point of contention : a cause for complaint : a matter to argue or complain about a bone to pick with the sales manager over defective merchandise * * * bone to pick informal : something to argue or complain about with someone usually …   Useful english dictionary

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  • bone to pick — or[crow to pick] {n. phr.}, {informal} A reason for dispute; something to complain of or argue about. Often used jokingly. * / I have a bone to pick with you, he said./ * /There was always a crow to pick about which one would shave first in the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bone to pick — or[crow to pick] {n. phr.}, {informal} A reason for dispute; something to complain of or argue about. Often used jokingly. * / I have a bone to pick with you, he said./ * /There was always a crow to pick about which one would shave first in the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bone to pick with someone —    If you have a bone to pick with someone, you are annoyed with them and want to talk to them about it.     Mark wants to see the boss. He says he s got a bone to pick with him …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • bone to pick —    If you have a bone to pick with someone, you are annoyed about something they have done and want to tell them how you feel.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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  • bone to pick — phrasal a matter to argue or complain about …   New Collegiate Dictionary


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