the bare bones

bare bones

1. noun The essential and most elementary parts of something; a general outline or summary. Please don't go through each line item in the budget—just give me the bare bones.
2. adjective Minimally furnished or adorned. The apartment is pretty bare bones, but rent is cheap, and I don't spend much time there, so I don't mind.
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bare bones

The mere essentials or plain, unadorned framework of something, as in This outline gives just the bare bones of the story; details will come later. This phrase transfers the naked skeleton of a body to figurative use. [c. 1900]
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the bare bones

COMMON The bare bones of something are its most basic parts or details. We worked out the bare bones of a deal. We needed to strip the flat down to its bare bones. It was a terrific engineering and architectural challenge. Note: You can use bare-bones before a noun. The mayor will have to slash the city's already bare-bones budget.
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the bare bones

the basic facts about something, without any detail.
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the bare ˈbones (of something)

the main or basic facts of a matter: I had so little time that I could only tell him the bare bones of the story and had to supply the details later.
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I say what other people only think, and when all the rest of the world is in a conspiracy to accept the mask for the true face, mine is the rash hand that tears off the plump pasteboard, and shows the bare bones beneath.
Lastly, there they were, sitting on the desolate shore of this very island, hungry and downcast, and looking ruefully at the bare bones of the stag which they devoured yesterday.
And Grayson (below) revealed: "Having lost Paddy McCarthy a couple of weeks ago and Paul Huntington is just not quite ready, centre-half is a position where we are down to the bare bones.
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DICKIE ORD admits Durham City are down to the bare bones as they prepare to face highflying Witton Albion this weekend.
JIMMY Crease admits Berwick Rangers are down to the bare bones as they look for a first win in seven games against rock-bottom Clyde.
HIBS boss John Hughes has admitted he is down to the bare bones for Saturday's top-six showdown at Celtic.
HARRY Redknapp often says: "We're down to the bare bones," when Spurs face an injury crisis.
We're really down to the bare bones for Monday, so it's time to roll our sleeves up and give that extra 10-15 per cent against Brentford.
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Christian author and speaker Jim George applies his extensive degree learning from Talbot Theological Seminary to The Bare Bones Bible Handbook: 10 Minutes to Understanding Each Books of the Bible, a plain-text, straightforward guide to what the Old Testament and New Testament of the Bible have to say.
When considering the pier, the architects took the bare bones, honest, pared down and matter-of-fact quality of the existing structure as their starting point.
REAL Betis' veteran manager Lorenzo Serra Ferrer claims his squad is down to the bare bones for the Champions League clash with Liverpool and he called on his players to show their character at Anfield if they want to survive in the tournament.