Controversy

at cross purposes

Meaning: With aims or goals that conflict or interfere with one another.

Example: It will be difficult for us to be successful if we continue working at cross-purposes. Read on

tempest in a teapot

Meaning: when a minor issue causes an exaggerated reaction of anger or trouble

Example: At first, I thought we were having a general discussion, but it ended setting off a tempest in the teapot. Read on

storm in a teacup

Meaning: an excessive enthusiasm or rage about a minor matter

Example: I find the whole issue about these gender roles a storm in a teacup. Read on

a hard nut to crack

Meaning: a problem that is difficult to solve

Example: She's such a tough nut to crack. Nobody seems to be able to get through to her. Read on

hot potato

Meaning: any subject which several folks are talking about and which is frequently argued

Example: The issue of gun control is a political hot potato in the United States. Read on

dog eat dog

Meaning: a very competitive world

Example: The only rule of the marketplace was dog-eat-dog. Read on

can of worms

Meaning: to get into something that is messy, has problems and is unwanted

Example: The can of worms was wide open when he asked her about her past. Read on

apple of discord

Meaning: something that causes trouble or unhappiness

Example: The right to host the next Olympic games has become an apple of discord between the two countries. Read on

Idiom of the Day

variety is the spice of life

Meaning: new and exciting practices make life more attractive

Example: I started learning tennis after having tried swimming because variety is the spice of life. Read on

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