to the bone

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to the bone

1. Very much; to an extreme degree. I can't believe you pushed me into the pool! Now I have to walk home soaked to the bone! We felt shocked to the bones to read about the things our neighbor had done.
2. Through and through; thoroughly; in every manner or respect. Though he grew up in America, Henry is still a Brit to the bone. The fellow is stubborn to the bone; he won't even listen to my plan the whole way through!
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to the bone

1 (of a wound) so deep as to expose the victim's bone. 2 affecting a person in a very penetrating way.
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to the bone

To an extreme degree: was chilled to the bone; cut the budget to the bone.
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References in classic literature ?
It is also very curiously displayed in the side fin, the bones of which almost exactly answer to the bones of the human hand, minus only the thumb.