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one of the hard parts that together form the frame of a human, animal, or fish body:
The X-ray showed that the bone was broken in two places.
hip/leg/cheek etc bone (=the bone in your hip etc)
He broke his collar bone.
big-boned/fine-boned/small-boned etc (=with big etc bones)
She was tall and big-boned.
Amelia had inherited her mother's good bone structure.
a substance made of bones:
the bone handle of his dagger
the simplest and most important details of something:
I can't tell you more than the bare bones of what happened.
to not feel nervous or ashamed about doing or saying something:
Mary made no bones about enjoying a drink.
something that causes arguments between people:
The examination system has long been a serious bone of contention in this country.
to be extremely cold
She was all skin and bone.
someone who is much too thin
to be certain that something is true, even though you have no proof and cannot explain why you are certain:
She knew that something good was sure to happen; she could feel it in her bones.
used to tell someone that you are annoyed with them and want to talk about it
a remark, statement etc that is close to the bone is close to the truth in a way that may offend someone:
His jokes were a bit close to the bone.
to reduce costs, services etc as much as possible:
Shops cut prices to the bone in the January sales.
meat that is served on the bone is still joined to the bone:
a boiled ham on the bone
meat that is served off the bone has been cut away from the bone:
roasted duck, off the bone