a bag of bones

bag of bones

1. A person or animal that is emaciated to the point that bones can be seen protruding from the skin. The old, abandoned dog looked like a bag of bones after living on the streets for so long. Poor Dave, he looked like a bag of bones when he was done with his cancer treatment.
2. A disparaging term for a very old person, especially one who has a frail appearance. That old bag of bones shook her fist at me for walking on her lawn again!
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bag of bones

an extremely skinny person or animal with bones showing. (The skin is the figurative bag.) I've lost so much weight that I'm just turning into a bag of bones. Get that old bag of bones off the racetrack!
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a bag of bones

If you describe someone as a bag of bones, you mean that they are extremely thin. Physically, she seemed lighter suddenly — a bag of bones in his arms.
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a bag of bones

an emaciated person or animal. Compare with be skin and bone at skin.
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a ˌbag of ˈbones

(informal) a very thin person or animal: She refused to eat until eventually she was a bag of bones.
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POLICE confirmed last night that a bag of bones that was discovered at a building site belonged to an animal and not a human.
A workman found a bag of bones as he was clearing vegetation on the M5 slip road at junction 14, north of Bristol, on Monday.
A workman found a bag of bones as he was clearing the M5 slip road verge at junction 14, north of Bristol, on Monday.