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noun bone pronunciation in American English /boʊn/
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  1. 1
    [countable] one of the hard parts that form a frame inside the body of a human or animal. This frame is called a skeleton

    She fell and broke a bone in her foot.

    Cook the fish, then carefully remove the bones.

    He was thin, and his hip bones stuck out.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the substance that bones are made of

    The archaeologists found fragments of bone.

    1. a.
      [only before noun] made of bone

      a chess set with carved bone pieces

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    sb will not make old bones used for saying someone will not live into old age

    His fans have known since his 2007 Alzheimer’s diagnosis that Pratchett would not make old bones, but his death is still a shock.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/03/2015


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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