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bones

1. n. dice. (See additional forms at bone.) Toss me the bones and get out your checkbooks.
2. n. a nickname for a ship’s physician. (From sawbones. Also the nickname of the doctor on the starship Enterprise of Star Trek fame.) This fat bones actually wanted me to lose weight.
3. n. a nickname for a skinny person. (Also a term of address.) Ask bones there what he wants to drink.
4. n. dollars; money; cash. The tickets only cost a few bones, but the play was lousy and I want my money back.
See also: bone
References in classic literature ?
This story was immediately matched by a thrice marvellous adventure of Brom Bones, who made light of the Galloping Hessian as an arrant jockey.
Ichabod, who had no relish for this strange midnight companion, and bethought himself of the adventure of Brom Bones with the Galloping Hessian, now quickened his steed in hopes of leaving him behind.
Against the new masonry I re-erected the old rampart of bones.
The bones were those of a large man--a man of wondrous strength and vitality Tarzan knew he must have been to have penetrated thus far through the dangers of Africa with such a ponderous yet at the same time futile armament.
I'm making bone soup, sir, and wondering why I ever went to sea.
We'll give up bones today and have eyes instead; that will be more interesting to you," added Rose, seeing no ardent thirst for physiological information in his face.
Most physiologists believe that the bones of the skull are homologous with--that is correspond in number and in relative connexion with--the elemental parts of a certain number of vertebrae.
They were beasts, fighting over bones, destroying one another for bones.
Mr Wegg, if you was brought here loose in a bag to be articulated, I'd name your smallest bones blindfold equally with your largest, as fast as I could pick 'em out, and I'd sort 'em all, and sort your wertebrae, in a manner that would equally surprise and charm you.
He took a little bone the size of a bean out of a pill-box.
But the thought never entered his mind of profiting by this accident; he had seen from the manner in which the arm was bent, and from the noise it made in bending, that the bone was fractured, and that the patient must be in great pain; and now he thought of nothing else but of administering relief to the sufferer, however little benevolent the man had shown himself during their short interview.
He bounded towards her joyously, and she met him with shrewd fangs that laid his cheek open to the bone.
Then Marian tells how, when the huntsmen cut up the stag, they threw the bone called the raven's bone to one that sat and croaked for it.
First, Jemmy Tweedle felt on his hinder head the direful bone.
It was an old bone, which may, according to appearances, have served in other crimes.