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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.
with big etc bones
She was tall and big-boned.
Amelia had inherited her mother's good
a substance made of bones
the bone handle of his dagger
the bare bones
the simplest and most important details of something
I can't tell you more than the bare bones of what happened.
make no bones about (doing) something
to not feel nervous or ashamed about doing or saying something
Mary made no bones about enjoying a drink.
bone of contention
something that causes arguments between people
The examination system has long been a serious bone of contention in this country.
be chilled/frozen to the bone
to be extremely cold
skin and bone
She was all skin and bone.
a bag of bones
someone who is much too thin
feel/know something in your bones
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.
have a bone to pick with somebody
used to tell someone that you are annoyed with them and want to talk about it
close to the bone
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.
cut something to the bone
to reduce costs, services etc as much as possible
Shops cut prices to the bone in the January sales.
on the bone
meat that is served on the bone is still joined to the bone
a boiled ham on the bone
off the bone
meat that is served off the bone has been cut away from the bone
roasted duck, off the bone
➔ dry as a bone
; ➔ work your fingers to the bone
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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