throw (someone) a bone

Definition of throw (someone) a bone

informal

  1. :  to offer (someone) something that is not very important or valuable especially to stop complaints or protests The boss would not let his workers out early for the holiday but threw them a bone by buying lunch.

Word by Word Definitions

throwplay
  1. :  to propel through the air by a forward motion of the hand and arm

    :  to propel through the air in any manner

    :  pitch

  1. :  an act of throwing, hurling, or flinging

    :  an act of throwing dice

    :  the number thrown with a cast of dice

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

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

    :  any of various hard animal substances or structures (such 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 (something, such as a boot or a baseball bat) with something hard (such as a piece of bone) in order to smooth the surface

  1. :  extremely, very

    :  totally


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