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bare bones

plural noun
the irreducible minimum; the most essential components:
Reduce this report to its bare bones. There is nothing left of the town but the bare bones—a couple of stores, a church, and a few houses.
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  • It is the bare bones of quantum mechanics that have proved to be consistent with what is presently known of the subatomic world.
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  • There are no star professors, little research, and the administrative pool is bare bones.
  • Most corpses decayed normally, leaving bare bones as the only proof of lives extinguished.
  • But if the series doesn't evolve from the bare bones of its premise, it won't stay compelling for long.
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Idioms and Phrases with bare bones

bare bones

The mere essentials or plain, unadorned framework of something, as in This outline gives just the bare bones of the story; details will come later. This phrase transfers the naked skeleton of a body to figurative use. [ c. 1900 ]
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