Definition of the bare bones in English:

the bare bones


  • 1The basic facts about something, without any detail.

    ‘the bare bones of the plot’
    • ‘Their reply second time around amounted to no more than 100 words, recounting the bare bones of the Ms deVere's employment history.’
    • ‘There was a graphic style and a story, or at least the bare bones of one, that were very gripping.’
    • ‘Tim Albery's serious, academic production is unremittingly dark - and why not, when the bare bones of the tale are those of an unrepentant, murderous rapist?’
    • ‘Harold has whittled the text down to the bare bones.’
    • ‘And so we move with the times, stripping Twin Peaks down to the bare bones in an attempt to understand why our sense of fondness for it still lingers.’
    • ‘In general, service was warm and largely efficient throughout our stay, and more than a few members of staff went beyond the bare bones of what was necessary to be helpful.’
    • ‘He knows audiences expect it, crave it, and gives them the bare bones, in a sometimes naturalistic, sometimes stylised mixture of English, French, Chinese and Japanese.’
    • ‘He's based the bare bones of his screenplay on our family!’
    • ‘This story, to give just the bare bones of it, is told by the sole survivor of a Pacific Ocean shipwreck, who drifts for 7 months in a lifeboat along with a Bengal tiger.’
    • ‘Menus are stripped down to the bare bones for quick navigation, and the hot news topic is always placed at the top of the home page - whether that be football scores or the latest vote counts in elections.’
    • ‘I wrote a story in early 2001 outlining the bare bones of what was known about the Bank, which was very little.’
    • ‘The cropped timespan, 22 minutes in a half hour television broadcast, means that everything must be to the bare bones.’
    • ‘It describes the bare bones of the plot, if you can call it that.’
    • ‘But maybe I'm just a bit old-school, and think it's better just to show the bare bones.’
    • ‘But it's that kind of show, using the bare bones of what went before to create a new series to capture new fans, and with a twist ending which just begs for a new series I think it will do just that.’
    • ‘Drawing inspiration from strip-cartoon versions of Shakespeare's plays, the two groups began by stripping the stories to the bare bones and building their plays from there.’
    • ‘It cuts the story back to the bare bones but is visually interesting, even for those not very familiar with Shakespeare's text.’
    • ‘I had lunch, wrote the bare bones of the piece, e-mailed it to the office, drove to HQ, and rewrote the piece.’
    • ‘‘He was happy that the bare bones of the story were right, and that people should know the truth about what happened,’ Kehoe says.’
    • ‘In these circumstances a biographer might be wise to say as little as possible beyond the bare bones of recorded fact.’
    1. 1.1 The very lowest level of resources necessary.
      ‘his squad is already down to the bare bones and has now been hit by a flu bug’
      • ‘He is the sententious writer of resolutions butchering her beautifies of song to expose the bare bones of an idea.’
      • ‘Systems thinkers strip away the content to reveal the bare bones of the underlying structure.’
      • ‘Robert moved from slide to slide, elaborating on the bare bones ideas on the video screen.’
      • ‘By now, most readers should know the bare bones of the story.’
      • ‘They must put flesh on the bare bones of the law.’
      • ‘She delves deep into their psyches, exposing the bare bones of their thoughts.’
      • ‘The letter of engagement set out only the bare bones of her contract of employment.’
      • ‘Makeup tips, loads of photographs of cheap fashion ideas, a woman's magazine reduced to the bare bones.’
      • ‘Your business plan need only be simple, or the bare bones to start off with.’
      • ‘Harold has whittled the text down to the bare bones.’