bone up


boned up; boning up; bones up

intransitive verb

: to try to master necessary information quickly : cram
bone up for the exam
: 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

I suggest you bone up a bit on torts before the next attempt at the bar exam.
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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bone up was in 1873

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“Bone up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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