bone-idle

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Etymology[edit]

Laziness that penetrates the very bones. Attested 1836.[1] Similar terms (bone-lazy, bone-sore, bone-tired) pre-dated it in The Vocabulary Of East Anglia, 1830, Robert Forby.

Adjective[edit]

bone-idle (not comparable)

  1. (UK, idiomatic) utterly lazy
    • 1836, Thomas Carlyle, New Letters:
      For the last three weeks I have been going what you call bone-idle.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bone idle”, The Phrase Finder, Gary Martin.