a bag of bones

bag of bones

1. A person or animal that is emaciated to the point where one can see bones protruding from the skin. The old, abandoned dog looked like a bag of bones after living on the streets for so long. Poor Dave, he looked like a bag of bones when he was done with his cancer treatment.
2. A disparaging term for a very old person, especially one who has a frail appearance. That old bag of bones shook her fist at me for walking on her lawn again!
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bag of bones

an extremely skinny person or animal with bones showing. (The skin is the figurative bag.) I've lost so much weight that I'm just turning into a bag of bones. Get that old bag of bones off the racetrack!
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a bag of bones

If you describe someone as a bag of bones, you mean that they are extremely thin. Physically, she seemed lighter suddenly — a bag of bones in his arms.
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a bag of bones

an emaciated person or animal. Compare with be skin and bone at skin.
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a ˌbag of ˈbones

(informal) a very thin person or animal: She refused to eat until eventually she was a bag of bones.
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References in classic literature ?
Was he good eating, or only a bag of bones when he slipped and fell from the tree?
And such a bag of bones, too, like the picture of a devil's imp.
I agree, it was a thin and aged horse he rode, a bag of bones covered with mangy hide.
POLICE confirmed last night that a bag of bones that was discovered at a building site belonged to an animal and not a human.
Brooke said carrying the dog was ``like carrying a bag of bones down the hill.
Rodolfo Coria, the Argentine paleontologist and museum director who is heading Giganoto's excavation, likes to tell the story of the farmer who had kept a bag of bones in a plastic grocery bag on a shelf at home.