throw (someone) a bone
Definition of throw (someone) a bone
: 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
: some person : somebody
: 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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