- skip - Brewer’s

Bones

.

The man who rattles or plays the bones in nigger troupes.

To make no bones about the matter, i.e. no difficulty, no scruple. Dice are calledbones,” and the French, flatter le dé (to mince the matter), is the opposite of our expression. To make no bones of a thing is not to flatter, or “make much of,” or humour the dice in order to show favour.

Napier’s bones. (See under Napier.)

Without more bones. Without further scruple or objection. (See above, “Make no bones,” etc.)

previous entry · index · next entry

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

previous entry · index · next entry

Bone in my Throat
Bone of Contention
Bones
Bone to pick (A)
Bone
Bone (To)
Bone-grubber (A)
Bone-lace
Bone-shaker (A)
Boned
Bones
Bonese
Bonfire
Bonhomie
Bonhomme (Un)
Boniface
Bonne (French)
Bonne Bouche (A)
Bonnet
Bonnet
Bonnet Lairds