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close to the bone

very personal or offensively honest He said he was only joking, but his comments were so close to the bone they weren't funny at all.
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What pervades Southern Road (1932), Brown's most accomplished volume of work, is a spirit of black life lived materially close to the bone.
COUNTRYSIDE: I'm sure some of you feel that homesteading, often living close to the bone, leaves little room for mistakes.
A night of brilliant banter ensued, albeit a lot of it close to the bone at times.
CEOs also need someone to talk with, as many of his of her problems, hopes and fears cannot be discussed with employees as they cut too close to the bone.
Perhaps even more so, it is a question close to the bone for those who are called to proclaim the good news of God in Jesus Christ in the messy, mundane, and everyday places and spaces where people live and Christian life and ministry happen.
Nonetheless, his writing is honest, close to the bone, upsetting and thought provoking, without the usual polite sugar coating we often use in discussing racism in America.
It was created because it's cheaper to make food that way, and most people live close to the bone.
Stephen's insight, interpretation, and proclamation were so close to the bone that his hearers could not stand it.
Stewart's raffish history cuts close to the bone and suggests to this reader that today's textbooks may be approaching the end of their run.
Baseotto's response was too close to the bone for the government, however, as it recalled the "flights of death" during the 1976-83 military dictatorship, when suspected dissidents were dropped from airplanes into the sea, sometimes with priests present giving blessing.
Some of the songs and chants are a bit close to the bone, but in the old days it was known as banter.
Indeed, Tuttle's version of minimalism, first conceived as a corrective to Minimalism proper (that of Robert Morris in 1964, or of Donald Judd the following year) can cut dangerously close to the bone.
Now the question is, how close to the bone can suppliers go?