skin and bones


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Noun1.skin and bones - a person who is unusually thin and scrawnyskin and bones - a person who is unusually thin and scrawny
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
spindlelegs, spindleshanks - a thin person with long thin legs
Translations
cuisses de mouchen’avoir que la peau et les osn’avoir que la peau sur les os
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes a mischievous child risked his skin and bones for the ineffable pleasure of driving a pin into Quasimodo's hump.
I mean, godmother,' replied Miss Wren, sitting down beside the Jew, 'that the fox has caught a famous flogging, and that if his skin and bones are not tingling, aching, and smarting at this present instant, no fox did ever tingle, ache, and smart.
I saw that the dress had been put upon the rounded figure of a young woman, and that the figure upon which it now hung loose, had shrunk to skin and bone.
Presently when he had looked at us enough he came towards us, and stretching out his hand took me by the back of the neck, turning me this way and that, but feeling that I was mere skin and bone he set me down again and went on to the next, whom he treated in the same fashion; at last he came to the captain, and finding him the fattest of us all, he took him up in one hand and stuck him upon a spit and proceeded to kindle a huge fire at which he presently roasted him.