rickle o' banes

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rickle o' banes

A Scottish phrase used to describe someone who is extremely thin. A "rickle" is a group of something, while "banes" are bones. You've just become a rickle o' banes during your time abroad, so I'm going to make all of your favorite meals now that you're home.
See also: bane
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Poor wee Jeanie's gettin' awfy thin/ A rickle o' banes covered ower wi' skin/ Noo she's gettin' a wee double chin/ Wi' sookin' Coulter's Candy.