the bare bones
Definition of the bare bones
: the most basic or important elements or parts of something The company reduced the staff to the bare bones. —often + of What are the bare bones of the story?
Word by Word Definitions
: 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
: 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
: extremely, very
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