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close to the bone

Definition of close to the bone

  1. :  dealing in an honest way with sensitive issues that can shock people or hurt their feelings <His joke about racism in America cut close to the bone.>



Word by Word Definitions

closeplay
  1. :  to move so as to bar passage through something

    :  to block against entry or passage

    :  to deny access to

  1. :  a coming or bringing to a conclusion

    :  a conclusion or end in time or existence :  cessation

    :  the concluding passage (as of a speech or play)

  1. :  an enclosed area

    :  the precinct of a cathedral

    :  a narrow passage leading from a street to a court and the houses within or to the common stairway of tenements

  1. :  having no openings :  closed

    :  confined or carefully guarded

    :  high

  1. :  in a close position or manner

boneplay
  1. :  one of the hard parts of the skeleton of a vertebrate

    :  any of various hard animal substances or structures (as baleen or ivory) akin to or resembling bone

    :  the hard largely calcareous connective tissue of which the adult skeleton of most vertebrates is chiefly composed

  1. :  to remove the bones from

    :  to provide (a garment) with stays

    :  to rub (as a boot or baseball bat) with something hard (as a piece of bone) in order to smooth the surface

  1. :  extremely, very

    :  totally


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