apple of discord
- something that causes trouble or unhappiness
- anything that causes discord or jealousy
- an object or topic that sows anger, dissent
- a cause of strife, argument or rivalry
- The right to host the next Olympic games has become an apple of discord between the two countries.
- The ancestral property became an apple of discord among the three brothers.
- The “best employee” award has been an apple of discord among the co-workers for quite some time.
- The water sharing pact has been the apple of discord between the two states.
- Why aren’t the two of them talking to each other? What is apple of discord there?
- The two best friends were attracted to the same person, and that became an apple of discord between them.
- That piece of jewelry was a family heirloom, and it was an apple of discord among the sisters. They were always fighting over who gets to wear it.
- Sharing credit for their breakthrough work became an apple of discord between the two research students.
The phrase originated from Greek mythology. The “apple of discord” was a golden apple inscribed “for the fairest” thrown by Eris, goddess of discord, into a banquet she was not invited to. The apple was claimed by Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite, to whom Paris awarded it, setting off a chain of events that led to the Trojan war.