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bare bones

1. noun The essential and most elementary parts of something; a general outline or summary. Please don't go through each line item in the budget—just give me the bare bones.
2. adjective Minimally furnished or adorned. The apartment is pretty bare bones, but rent is cheap, and I don't spend much time there, so I don't mind.
See also: bare, bone

bare-bones

Cliché limited; stripped down; lacking refinements or extras. This one is the bare-bones model. It has no accessories at all.
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The amount of computing power you'll get from a $300 bare-bones mini-PC naturally differs from that of a $300 full-sized bare-bones system that supports a socketed processor.
The bare-bones market will be a crossing network that serves simply as a conduit.
This catalogue of the bibliographical exhibition on early modern antiquarianism held at Wolfenbuttel in the summer of 1994 constitutes a useful handbook for students of the field, a well-informed companion to Ludwig Schudt's bare-bones bibliographical guide of 1930, Le Guide di Roma.
For those who want to "rough it," there are a dozen bare-bones campsites where campers must provide all their own gear.
Moren than 50 years old, this aluminum-roofed, bare-bones "hotel" sits in central Honokaa, the heart of sugar cane country.
Beyond Narnia'' is a fairly bare-bones production, though Rodgers imbues the film with a great deal of heart.
So did Bruce Nauman's bare-bones shacks, like Floating Room: Lit from Inside, 1972, constructed from wallboard and two-by-fours.
Musically, its 11 songs sport more arrangement and forethought than her 1996 bare-bones demo debut, Living With Ghosts, and the minimalistic Kisses, striking a nice middle ground between the starkness of those releases and the overwhelming fury of her anomalous 1998 rock foray, Flaming Red.
5 million just to run its schools on a bare-bones basis in 2002.
Well, that maestro of the new would doubtless have deplored this bare-bones reduction of the art of ballet to dancing and little but dancing.
However, there's both more and less to an electron than such a bare-bones description indicates.
Stripped of the fancy production and show-biz bluster Diamond is known for, the bare-bones acoustic disc reveals the '60s folkie behind the sequins.
Efficient, open, tactile, and featuring an optimum of distraction-free space, they give a bare-bones preview of intelligent domestic structures (like states of mind) that have yet to be realized, lived in, or personalized.