point of contention

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of point of contention

: the thing that people are arguing over
  • The main point of contention is who owns the timber rights to the land.

Word by Word Definitions

point play
  1. : an individual detail : item

  2. : a distinguishing detail

  3. : the most important essential in a discussion or matter

  1. : to furnish with a point : sharpen

  2. : to give added force, emphasis, or piquancy to

  3. : to scratch out the old mortar from the joints of (something, such as a brick wall) and fill in with new material

contention play
  1. : a point advanced or maintained in a debate or argument

  2. : an act or instance of contending

  3. : rivalry, competition


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