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have a crow to pick v phr

crow to pick, have a v phr  [Cf have a bone to pick] chiefly Sth, Midl See Map Cf chicken n C2a  To have a disagreement or dispute to settle.[1896 DN 1.422 NC, AL, Pick a crow.]  1905 DN 3.76 nwAR, Crow to pick. . . Explanation to ask, something to settle. ‘I have a crow to pick with you.’ 1927 AmSp 2.361 WV, We have a crow to pick over that affair.  1938 AmSp 14.267 swIN, To ‘have a crow to pick’ with someone is to have something to talk over, usually an unfriendly act or a derogatory remark of the latter directed against the speaker.  c1960 Wilson Coll. csKY.  1965–70 DARE (Qu. KK14, Something . . people disagree about: “I have a _____to pick with you.”) 303 Infs, chiefly Sth, Midl, Crow. 1967 DARE Tape AZ1, I have a crow to pick with you. 

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