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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.
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"I'm making bone soup, sir, and wondering why I ever went to sea."
KARACHI -- Besides making bones strong, higher levels of Vitamin D can also help children with asthma to become more resilient to harmful respiratory effects caused by indoor air pollution, say researchers.
SURGEON Louise McCullough has spent her working life making bones stronger so it shouldn't be a surprise she became the first woman to pass military challenge series SAS: Who Dares Wins.
"However, when there is accelerated breaking down of bone tissue -- due to advancing age, deficicency of important minerals for bone health and other harmful lifetsyle factors -- it leads to rapid depletion of bone mass, making bones weak and prone to fractures."
Not enough magnesium can also cause bone crystals to enlarge, making bones more brittle and prone to fractures.
HIGHLIGHT - Provides a glow making bones more prominent.
The reasons are still unclear, but some studies have suggested that high-fat diets may interfere with the absorption of calcium in the intestines, making bones more fragile.
u1/4 Avoid carbonated drinks as these deplete the body of calcium, hence making bones weak.
"We're focusing on making bones and biscuits made with foods that would actually surpass the quality of ingredients found in most premium quality dog foods," says Hannaford.
Hormonal changes caused due to ageing can precipitate the process: the loss of old bones becomes faster than the formation of new bones and there is a depletion of overall bone mass, making bones weak and brittle.
Washington, Feb 28 (ANI): High-impact activities like running are better than resistance training in making bones strong, according to University of Missouri researchers.
Or, horror of horrors, are those of us who campaign against compulsory medication correct in our assertion that it does not improve children's teeth - and there are far more trials which disprove the theory than there are in favour - and that it does long-term damage to internal organs as well as making bones so hard that if they break they are very difficult to repair.
I have been very busy today making bones, I say when Helen calls." And once Rose is born, "I'll start a baby book soon.
Some of the people currently making movies in the rain: Sean Penn directs The Pledge, produced by Michael Fitzgerald and shot by talented cinematographer/director Chris Menges; Once Were Warriors director Lee Tamahori is helming Morgan Freeman in Along Came a Spider; Ernest Dickerson is making Bones; and Ryan Phillippe and Tim Robbins are starring in Antitrust under the direction of Peter Howitt....