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Syllabification: Bône
Pronunciation: /bōn

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a small amount; a little

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Syllabification: bone
Pronunciation: /bōn


  • 1Any of the pieces of hard, whitish tissue making up the skeleton in humans and other vertebrates: his injuries included many broken bones a shoulder bone

    The substance of bones is formed by specialized cells (osteoblasts) that secrete around themselves a material containing calcium salts (which provide hardness and strength in compression) and collagen fibers (which provide tensile strength). Many bones have a central cavity containing marrow

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    • Direct injury to the spine may cause a bone fracture anywhere along your vertebral column.
    • Years ago we realized that if we combined all our accidents, there was hardly a bone in the human skeleton we hadn't broken.
    • Bone marrow is a spongy tissue inside certain bones of the body that produces blood cells.
  • 1.1 (bones) A person’s body: he hauled his tired bones upright
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    • Sighing, he pulled his weary bones to their feet and decided coffee was the best option.
    • He lowered his aching bones to the floor after a harder day's work than he'd ever done.
    • I dragged my tired bones to the bathroom to shave.
  • 1.2 (bones) A corpse or skeleton: the diggers turned up the bones of a fifteen-year-old girl bones of prehistoric mammals
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    • Just ahead, in the wider section of the pass, the dried bones and carcasses of men and pack animals lay strewn about.
    • We are still unburying the bones, the remains, of the people who got killed.
    • In centuries past, graves would be exhumed, and any bones remaining would be collected and buried deeper down, thereby allowing fresh graves on top.
  • 1.3A bone of an animal with meat on it, used as food for people or dogs: stewed in stock made with a ham bone dogs yelping over a bone
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    • What they actually think happened is that some animal had the bone in his or her burrow and just now decided to toss it.
    • So, I've already had to add more water to re-thin it to properly boil down the bones and meat.
    • We first put about 5,697 pots of different cereals, lentils, meats, bones and spices on different pots to warm.
  • 2The calcified material of which bones consist: an earring of bone
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    • The material would be gradually replaced by healthy, newly grown bone and blood vessels.
    • My latest cut-down bone handled table knives have a near quadrant at the tip and cut unbelievably.
    • The spongy bone material was then used for DNA extraction.
  • 2.1A substance similar to bone such as ivory, dentin, or whalebone.
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    • Mining activity has been a constant source of bone and ivory artifacts over the last several decades.
    • What's more, treasured wood was decorated with bone, jade, gold, bronze and shells adding to the value.
    • The earliest example of European poetry about a stranded whale is an Anglo-Saxon inscription on a whale bone casket of about 700 AD.
  • 2.2 (often bones) A thing made of, or once made of, such a substance, for example a pair of dice.
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    • Farthingales sells corset supplies including bone casing tape for corset bones.
    • The quality of the needlework, particularly around the bodice's bone inserts, makes this unlikely.
  • 2.3The whitish color of bone: the sandals she had dyed bone to match the small purse
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    • The shower is available in white or bone.
  • 3 (bones) The basic or essential framework of something: you need to put some flesh on the bones of your idea
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    • It is a basic bare bones work on the battle of Chattanooga.
    • The bill sets out only the very bare bones of the framework on which the criteria for the process will be hung.
    • That's the basic bones of the argument, and there's lots of detail in and around it.
  • 4 vulgar slang A penis.


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  • 1 [with object] Remove the bones from (meat or fish): while the gumbo is simmering, bone the cooked chicken
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    • The school's culinary dean recalls being hung from a meat hook for improperly boning veal during one of his 14-hour days as an apprentice in 1949 Germany.
    • Clean and bone the fish, leaving their heads in place.
    • Unless you are a dab-hand with the boning knife, ask the butcher to bone the chicken legs for you.
  • 2 [no object] (bone up on) • informal Study (a subject) intensively, often in preparation for something: she boned up on languages she had learned long ago and went back to New Guinea
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    • There's nothing like a stroll immediately before an interview for a spot of last minute boning up on your subject.
    • To bone up on the subject, he read the works of a professor at the University of Pennsylvania whose area of research was deceptive political advertising.
    • Unless you're willing to bone up on the subject, you're better off to assess his technical ability by asking for references and checking them out.
  • 3 [with object] US vulgar slang (Of a man) have sexual intercourse with (someone).


a bag of bones

see bag.
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  • The other woman’s weight was nothing, a bag of bones covered by skin, that’s all.
  • What I remember about this hug is that it was not so much like hugging a person as it was like hugging a bag of bones.

the bare bones

see bare.

be skin and bones

see skin.

a bone of contention

A subject or issue over which there is continuing disagreement: the examination system has long been a serious bone of contention
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  • Road safety and pollution issues were the main bones of contention, with frequent tailbacks of lorries billowing fumes into people's homes, he said.
  • The issue has been a bone of contention for several years between Mid West farmers and State Government authorities.
  • In the last century the same conflicts led to the First World War and continued to be a bone of contention throughout the Second.

close to (or near) the bone

  • 1(Of a remark) penetrating and accurate to the point of causing hurt or discomfort.
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    • As a fundamentalist Bible-believing Christian, I sometimes find your articles a bit close to the bone, but in fairness you reflect accurately the nature of the Internet.
    • The funny thing about that is that the film is about a man who gets into trouble for writing books that cut too close to the bone, other people's bones in this case.
    • This list can go on and on, and hearing these stories cuts rather close to the bone: suffering is everywhere and also infinite in its variety.
  • 2Destitute; hard up.

cut (or pare) something to the bone

Reduce something to the bare minimum: costs will have to be cut to the bone
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  • Transport manifesto commitments have been pared to the bone.
  • But, with hindsight, we can already see that the company achieved spectacular growth by cutting premiums to the bone, and possibly under-reserving.
  • So there is a war on, with each side cutting prices to the bone.

(as) dry as a bone

see dry.

have a bone to pick with someone

informal Have reason to disagree or be annoyed with someone.
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  • He could be gruff and if he had a bone to pick with you, he picked it.
  • Someone could have a bone to pick with you soon, and they'll lay it on thick as sauce.
  • Perhaps I have always had a bone to pick with her because I believe that she stole my thunder.

have not a —— bone in one's body

(Of a person) have not the slightest trace of the specified quality: there’s not a conservative bone in his body
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  • It doesn't matter if you haven't got an artistic bone in your body, we can show you very simple ways to achieve a masterpiece!
  • Darren is not a racist - he doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.
  • Charlotte claims Katie was never interested in either her or her siblings and the mother-of-two ‘doesn't have a maternal bone in her body’.

in one's bones

Felt, believed, or known deeply or instinctively: he has rhythm in his bones something good was bound to happen; he could feel it in his bones
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  • We believe in our bones that what we are doing is the right thing.
  • The Albanian people who make up a good part of our parish understood this in their bones; many of the Americans seemed not to.
  • Tocqueville understood this milieu in his bones.

make no bones about something

Have no hesitation in stating or dealing with something, however awkward or distasteful it is: the film is an op-ed piece, and the director makes no bones about its biases
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  • Definitely not for the squeamish, the article makes no bones about where the responsibility for the massacre lay.
  • The solicitor told the court: ‘Her behaviour was dreadful and she makes no bones about that.’
  • ‘She makes no bones about not liking journalists,’ says one.

to the bone

  • 1(Of a wound) so deep as to expose a person’s bone: his thigh had been axed open to the bone figurative his contempt cut her to the bone
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    • It was a deep wound, not quite to the bone but not just skin either.
    • One of the operations was to repair his left hand and stitch up stab wounds, which cut through to the bone.
    • She did not wince as blades sunk deeper to the bone.
  • 1.1(Especially of cold) affecting a person in a penetrating way: chilled to the bone
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    • The blue-green sky of Pomen was partly cloudy, and although the afternoon sun tried to warm the proceedings below, it was a cold day that chilled to the bone.
    • The room seemed to have lost all its warmth and the torch's fire seemed to be diffusing only cold, chilling to the bone.
    • Neko woke up, freezing cold, soaked to the bone with sweat.
  • 2 (or to one's bones) Used to emphasize that a person has a specified quality in an overwhelming or fundamental way: she’s a New Englander to her bones he’s a cop to the bone
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    • But, anyone who thinks that careerist social climbers aren't liberals to their bones just doesn't know what he's talking about.
    • He would not, however, feel any divided loyalties were his team to come up against Italy in the knock-out stages of the finals in Greece: ‘I am Australian to my bones.’
    • Jeremiah was a patriot down to his bones and wrote an entire book lamenting the fall of his nation.

throw a bone to

Give someone only a token concession: was the true purpose of the minimum wage hike to throw a bone to the unions?
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  • Fiscal conservatives will, by and large, allow you to throw a bone to the social conservatives so long as you do it somewhere they don't have to look at.
  • And I believe that his policies sometimes reflect a political need to throw a bone to that constituency to keep them happy.
  • And I would like to point out, if you read the next paragraph in the judge's finding, he seemed to throw a bone to each side.

what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh (or blood)

proverb A person’s behavior or characteristics are determined by heredity.
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  • I guess what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh, as they say.
  • What's bred in the bone will out in the flesh, the saying goes.
  • Because what's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh, and we should never forget it.

work one's fingers to the bone

Work very hard: Tracy can work her fingers to the bone, but it’s Ms. Green who gets the thanks
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  • We are working our fingers to the bone to try and rescue our comrades, but at the moment we have yet to locate where their screams were coming from.
  • I've worked my fingers to the bone, cleaning, organizing and even releasing to the trash bin things I no longer need.
  • ‘We lived in a tiny little flat, and had no money, and my mother had to work her fingers to the bone,’ Carol says.


Old English bān, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch been and German Bein.

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