skin and bones


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skin and bones

Painfully thin, emaciated. This phrase often is expanded to nothing but skin and bones, as in She came home from her trip nothing but skin and bones. This hyperbolic expression-one could hardly be alive without some flesh-dates from the early 1400s.
See also: and, bone, skin
References in classic literature ?
He was a thin, wizened man, and, to look upon him, you could not tell whether he was thirty years old or sixty, so dried up was he even to skin and bone.
Mukhorty, buried up to his belly in snow, with the breeching and drugget hanging down, stood all white, his dead head pressed against his frozen throat: icicles hung from his nostrils, his eyes were covered with hoar-frost as though filled with tears, and he had grown so thin in that one night that he was nothing but skin and bone.
Why, he was literally skin and bone, and his fur was dull and lustreless.
When Genestas had struck a light, and the interior of the room was visible, he was surprised by the extreme thinness of the child, who seemed to be little more than skin and bone.
It was once mere skin and bone, and would have been dust in some poor churchyard by this time, but for the drink.
Estrogen promotes the production of the protein collagen, which your skin and bones both rely on to maintain density.
In the faces of fish and lower animals, there is no muscle tissue between the skin and bones, and the muscles used for chewing and swallowing are not used for facial expression.