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British pronunciation/skˈɪn and bˈəʊn/
American pronunciation/skˈɪn ænd bˈoʊn/
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used to refer to someone who is extremely thin, often in an unattractive and unhealthy way

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skin and [bone] definition and meaning

What is the origin of the idiom "skin and bone" and when to use it?

The phrase "skin and bone" is an idiomatic expression that originated as a descriptive comparison. It emphasizes the thinness of a person by comparing them to the bare minimum of flesh, consisting only of skin and bone. It is used to describe someone who is extremely thin, to the point where their skeletal structure is prominent and visible. It suggests that the person lacks significant muscle mass and body weight.

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Emily used to be sick and was skin and bone, but she has regained her health and is now looking much healthier.
When Tim arrived home after his backpacking trip, he looked like he was just skin and bones from all the hiking and limited food.
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