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
References in classic literature ?
One farmer says to me, "You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with"; and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.
While bisphosphonates will increase bone density and make bones look strong, researchers in both of these studies believe that bisphosphonates interfere with the body's natural process of building healthy bone.