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bone-dry Having no trace of moisture.
example :- Believe it or not, I hung out the washing only an hour ago and it is already bone-dry.

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skin and bones a person who is unusually thin

example :- When I saw Pauline, I could hardly recognize her because she was just skin and bones. Cancer exacts a heavy toll, I reflected sadly.

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bone-idle

Extremely lazy

example :- If you continue to be bone-idle, your boss might sack you.

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bone up Study intensively
 
example :- My pen-friend Joelle from France is visiting me next month so I had better bone up on my French.

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make no bones about Act or speak frankly about something, without hesitation or evasion

example :- They openly voiced their dissatisfaction with the service, making no bones about it at all.

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a bone to pick to want to talk to someone about something annoying they have done:
example :- You bet I have a bone to pick with you. You promised to take me on that holiday but then you took someone else with you !

 

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work one's fingers to the bone to work extremely, especially for a long time
example :- After years of working her fingers to the bone to give her children a a good future, she managed to achieve her goal.

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bone of contention something that two or more people argue about fiercely over a long period of time
example :- The property issue long remained a bone of contention among the Tay siblings. It even prevented their getting together for a family reunion dinner during the New Year celebrations.

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bare-bones basic elements or essentials
example :- How do you expect me to help you when all you've told me is nothing more than the bare bones ? I need more information, surely.

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feel in one's bones Have an intuition or hunch about something
example :- Trust me; she'll be selected for the post. Don't ask me how; I can just feel it in my bones.

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close to the bone it is close to the truth in a way that might offend some people.
example :- Of course it upset Mei Ling to hear what Lian had to say about Meng. Don't you see it was a little close to the bone ?

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to the bone completely
example :- How could you keep me waiting so long in the cold ? I'm almost frozen to the bone !
 
 
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