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
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LITTLE Hollie Young's family have revealed how the youngster suffers from a rare disease which makes her bones as brittle as glass.
A LITTLE girl's family have revealed how the youngster suffers from a rare disease which makes her bones as brittle as glass.
The fitter, from Paisley, scaled the dizzying 4,408ft climb to buy Nicola, who suffers from a rare condition that makes her bones fuse together, a new pounds 8,000 custom-built wheelchair.
Nicola, 26, has hypophos-phatemia which makes her bones fuse together.
Eloysa Vasquez, 38, from California, had 3lb 7oz Timothy despite a condition that makes her bones brittle.