have a bone in one's leg

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have a bone in one's leg (third-person singular simple present has a bone in one's leg, present participle having a bone in one's leg, simple past and past participle had a bone in one's leg)

  1. (Britain, informal) Used as a fatuous excuse to avoid doing something.
    "Jimmy, run along to the shop and get some potatoes." / "I can't: I've got a bone in my leg."