throw (someone) a bone

Definition of throw (someone) a bone

informal
: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

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

  2. : to propel through the air in any manner

  3. : pitch

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

  2. : an act of throwing dice

  3. : the number thrown with a cast of dice

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

bone play
  1. : one of the hard parts of the skeleton of a vertebrate

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

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

  1. : to remove the bones from

  2. : to provide (a garment) with stays

  3. : 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


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