rickle o' banes

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rickle o' banes (plural rickles o' banes)

  1. (idiomatic, chiefly Scotland) An emaciated person or animal.
    • 1876, John Mactaggart, The Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia, Hamilton, Adams and Co. (1876), page 46:
      To behold him, mounted on his old shelty, was truly a laughable scene, the animal being always so lean — a perfect "rickle o' banes," []

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rickle o' banes (plural rickles o' banes)

  1. (idiomatic) rickle o' banes
    • 1896, Maggie Swan, For the Sake o' the Siller, Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier (1896), page 66:
      "Guid sake! lassie, what an airm ye hev, deed ye're jist a rickle o' banes a' the gither, they haena gien ye yer meat doon at Balhelvie; aye, I kent brawly what it would be."

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