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bone up

verb

Definition of bone up

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to try to master necessary information quickly :  cram <bone up for the exam>

  3. 2 :  to renew one's skill or refresh one's memory <boned up on the speech just before giving it>



Examples of bone up in a sentence

  1. <I suggest you bone up a bit on torts before the next attempt at the bar exam.>



1887

First Known Use of bone up

1887


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