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hone for (someone or something)

To yearn for someone or something. She honed for her boyfriend the whole week he was gone. In this heat, I find myself honing for some ice cream.
See also: for, hone

hone in

1. To focus or concentrate on something. It's such a complex problem that it's hard to hone in on just one part of it.
2. To make progress toward some goal or end. I think the detective is honing in on us, Jimmy. We better turn ourselves in!
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hone in on (something)

To focus or concentrate on something. A common misspelling of "home in on (something)." Their new heat-seeking missiles can hone in on targets from over 3,000 miles away. Scientists said they are honing in on a cure to the terrible disease. There was so much wonderful stuff in that movie, so I don't know why you're honing in on one single problematic scene.
See also: hone, on
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hone for someone or something

Rur. to long for someone or something. Tom: What's wrong with Jane? Mary: She's honing for her sweetheart. Jimmy was honing for the red bicycle in the toy store window.
See also: for, hone
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

hone in

1. To advance toward some target, goal, or desired state: The police are honing in on the location of the gang. We don't have the answer yet, but by working together we're definitely honing in.
2. To direct one's attention; focus: The lawyer honed in on the discrepancies in my testimony.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Precision ID grinding machines are several times more expensive than an equally capable hone. He adds: "Even more important is that accuracy for the grinder is dependent on the machine's positioning capability, while accuracy is mostly tooling-dependent with a hone.
Another type of hone can get hung in the port area and break off honing material, causing havoc when the engine is operated.
Mr Hone, who is now living with his parents in Dinas Powys, said: "I am glad she admitted she was disgusted with what she has done."
A 2005 Dance Magazine "25 to Watch," she is no longer content to just hone her formidable technique, she's also concentrating on adding luster to her roles.
Richard Hone, who already runs a Spar outlet which he opened three years ago at the Holway Garage, has expanded by opening a second branch in a new building opposite Holywell Bus Station in Bagillt Street.
Hone is an executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
* "So without further adieu, let's hone in on this troublesome topic."
Ex One is the company formed after closely held Extrude Hone Corp.
They both used hone when home was the correct word.
The UK's most senior civil court judge and his colleagues unanimously dismissed an appeal by Six Continents Retail, formerly Bass, to reverse the decision to award pub manager Mark Hone pounds 21,000, after he successfully sued them for breaching a duty of care to him last year.