bones idioms list
Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the body part ‘bone’.
- a bone to pick
meaning – have something to discuss or argue with another person
example – Tell your brother I have a bone to pick with him about the money he owes me.
- as dry as a bone/bone dry
meaning – very dry
example – Let’s get a drink, my mouth is bone dry.
- bag of bones
meaning – very thin
example – I think grandma is sick, she’s a bag of bones.
- chilled to the bone
meaning – very cold
example – Let’s get out of the pool and get a coffee. I’m chilled to the bone.
- feel it in one’s bones
meaning – you sense something is going to happen
example – She will get the promotion; I can feel it in my bones.
- grow a backbone
meaning – stop being a wimp and stick up for yourself and your beliefs
example – Melody should grow a backbone. She isn’t employed to make the coffees.
- skeleton in one’s closet
meaning – an embarrassing/damaging secret
example – I’m seeing a guy; I think he has a few skeletons in his closet.
- skin and bones
meaning – very thin and underweight
example – We found a sick dog on the street. He was skin and bones and infested with maggots.
- work one’s fingers to the bone
meaning – work very hard
example – My dad worked his fingers to the bone then dies a week after he retired.
bones idioms list with pictures
Here’s some real life picture examples.