to the bone

idiom

1
: very much
We were frozen to the bone.
The threatening look in his eyes chilled me to the bone.
2
: as much as possible
The company has cut costs to the bone in an effort to save money.

Examples of to the bone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Use a sharp knife to cut three deep (to the bone), diagonal slits on both sides of the fish. Domenica Marchetti, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 Efron looked, as meatheads would put it, ripped to the bone, with muscles that seemed ready to break free of his sunworshipper’s tan. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 22 Dec. 2023 Patients also need to be hospitalized for weeks while the edited cells make their way to the bone marrow and start making new blood cells. Emily Mullin, WIRED, 19 Dec. 2023 As the energy of the laser is transferred to the bone tissue, the latter heats up, followed by a pressure build-up, causing micro-explosions that remove tissue. IEEE Spectrum, 19 Dec. 2023 Her teardrop voice and audacious candor imagine Lana by way of Lucinda while sounding Texas to the bone. Pitchfork, 6 Dec. 2023 Much of his left arm was also stripped to the bone. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, 9 Nov. 2023 Costumers have worked their fingers to the bone; location scouts have secured the keys to some impressive stately homes. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Family success stories, whether in entertainment or sports, often come with the traumatic addition of a domineering father figure who worked his children to the bone. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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“To the bone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/to%20the%20bone. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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