skin and bones, (nothing but)

nothing but skin and bones

Extremely thin; emaciated. I know the merger has been stressful, but have you been eating? Because you're nothing but skin and bones these days. The children in the village were nothing but skin and bones by the time foreign aid arrived.
See also: and, bone, but, nothing, skin
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skin and bones, (nothing but)

Emaciated; painfully thin. This hyperbole has been around since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans; Theocritus, Plautus, and Virgil are among the ancient writers who used it. An unknown fifteenth-century writer stated, “Now . . . Me is lefts But skyn and boon” (Hymns to the Virgin and Child, ca. 1430).
See also: and, skin
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