What idioms describe something that's really popular and is being fought-over by many different people?

  • Is it the very last Turbo Man? – Damkerng T. Mar 8 '15 at 15:52
  • hot finger lickin' chicken with extra BBQ sauce – JMP Mar 8 '15 at 16:38
  • If you can find one older word or phrase with the meaning you want, you can look that word up in a thesaurus. – Jasper Mar 8 '15 at 17:25
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    It would appear to kind of depend on whether the 'something' is food, a football, a movie plot, or the middle east. i.e. there's no real answer without clarification of the question – Tetsujin Mar 8 '15 at 18:20
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    The last (insert popular toy name) on Black Friday. – Catija Mar 9 '15 at 4:22

"the latest bone of contention" - the latest topic about which people are arguing. The metaphor here is of two dogs fighting for the same bone. I added "latest" to get to your intended meaning of "popular", but I'll have to think of more related expressions.

You could also be like most journalists and overload the poor word "controversy" with all kinds of connotations related to popularity :)

  • This is usually a term used in a negotiation situation. – Catija Mar 9 '15 at 4:21
  • I've seen it used (and used it myself) in a variety of situations, one of which could be a negotiation. I work in software, and they're always looking for "resourceful developers", meaning developers that can find ways to solve problems. – RuslanD Mar 9 '15 at 4:29

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