bare bones


plural noun

the irreducible minimum; the most essential components: Reduce this report to its bare bones. There is nothing left of the town but the bare bones—a couple of stores, a church, and a few houses.

Nearby words

  1. bardolatry,
  2. bardolino,
  3. bardot,
  4. bardy,
  5. bare,
  6. bare hands, with one's,
  7. bare infinitive,
  8. bare lymphocyte syndrome,
  9. bare necessities,
  10. bare one's soul

Origin of bare bones

First recorded in 1910–15

Related formsbare-bones, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for bare-bones

bare-bones

adjective

basic or simple; no-frills
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Idioms and Phrases with bare-bones

bare bones

The mere essentials or plain, unadorned framework of something, as in This outline gives just the bare bones of the story; details will come later. This phrase transfers the naked skeleton of a body to figurative use. [c. 1900]

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