skin and bones

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skin and bones

  1. A person or an animal that is emaciated or very thin, as from lack of nutrition.
    Look at that starving dog; he's nothing more than skin and bones.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, translated by H.L. Brækstad, Folk and Fairy Tales, page 4:
      "Eh, good evening, sir," she said to me, as she drew herself up to make the best of her own inflated bulky appearance, "come and sit down here and tell me how it fares with you; but, by my troth, you are nothing but skin and bones!"



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