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[bohn-yahrd] /ˈboʊnˌyɑrd/
Slang. a cemetery.
Slang. an area where old or discarded cars, ships, planes, etc., are collected prior to being broken up for scrap or otherwise disposed of.
Also called stock. Dominoes. the bank, consisting of the remaining dominoes after each person has made an initial draw.
a place or area where the bones of wild animals accumulate or are collected.
Origin of boneyard
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55; bone + yard2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was the usual “boneyard” article which had doubtless been set up in the newspaper office years before.

    The Case and Exceptions

    Frederick Trevor Hill
  • What had been a flourishing cattle country was a boneyard where the agents of fertilizer factories bargained for skeletons.

  • He said I'd got a boneyard of some ancient people, and he'd rob graves to find out all about them olden times.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • It would lift them out of the boneyard of antiquity and put them fifty years ahead of their competitors.

    Red-Robin Jane Abbott
  • Why on earth was Robin worrying her little head over the Mills and talking so absurdly about a boneyard?

    Red-Robin Jane Abbott
  • I've seen 'all-right' men like you hitting the hurry trail for the boneyard before now.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Hawthorne would plainly have seized the romantic essence of the idea and would have avoided the boneyard of ‘problem morality.’

    Robert Louis Stevenson Walter Raleigh
  • Then one day he drove a team of boneyard mules into Blue Dog with a wagonload of stuff that the natives stared at.

  • The next step in his career, as he well knew, would be the glue factory and the boneyard.

    Horses Nine Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for boneyard


an informal name for a cemetery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for boneyard



A cemetery: lie on a blanket out on the boneyard (1860s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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