bone up

verb

Definition of bone up

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

First Known Use of bone up

1873


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