make (one's) bones

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make (one's) bones

1. To kill someone in order to obtain membership in a criminal organization. Used in this way, the phrase is often associated with the Mafia. A: "Has Johnny Dukes made his bones yet?" B: "Not yet, he's still a low level guy."
2. To solidify one's reputation. He made his bones as a big city detective before joining our town's police force.
See also: bone, make
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Kelly Murray, 32, has only 12 months to live and has lost half her teeth because of a killer disease that made bones in her mouth disintegrate.
The Blues back suffered ligament injury which has made bones in the foot unstable and is expected to be out of action for three months.
He also has a dance solo for a segue piece in which black-clad dancers beat simple rhythms on specially made bones affixed to their bodies - much like Walt Disney's famous 1929 skeleton cartoon.
Whether he will get the chance to make amends for leaving his team-mates in the lurch remains to be seen after Warren Gatland made bones about cleaning up his team's discipline.