Definition of the bare bones in US English:

the bare bones

phrase

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

    ‘the bare bones of the plot’
    • ‘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 was happy that the bare bones of the story were right, and that people should know the truth about what happened,’ Kehoe says.’
    • ‘It describes the bare bones of the plot, if you can call it that.’
    • ‘He's based the bare bones of his screenplay on our family!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But maybe I'm just a bit old-school, and think it's better just to show the bare bones.’
    • ‘It cuts the story back to the bare bones but is visually interesting, even for those not very familiar with Shakespeare's text.’
    • ‘The cropped timespan, 22 minutes in a half hour television broadcast, means that everything must be to the bare bones.’
    • ‘There was a graphic style and a story, or at least the bare bones of one, that were very gripping.’
    • ‘I had lunch, wrote the bare bones of the piece, e-mailed it to the office, drove to HQ, and rewrote the piece.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I wrote a story in early 2001 outlining the bare bones of what was known about the Bank, which was very little.’
    • ‘Harold has whittled the text down to the bare bones.’
    • ‘Their reply second time around amounted to no more than 100 words, recounting the bare bones of the Ms deVere's employment history.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In these circumstances a biographer might be wise to say as little as possible beyond the bare bones of recorded fact.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
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