a bag of bones

a bag of bones

  (informal)
a person or animal that is extremely thin All the plumpness she'd acquired in middle age had gone. She was a bag of bones.
See also: bag, bone, of
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.