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bare bones

plural noun
1.
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.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15
Related forms
bare-bones, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bare-bones

bare-bones

adjective
1.
basic or simple; no-frills
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Slang definitions & phrases for bare-bones

bare-bones

adjective

Unadorned; spare; minimally accoutered: as it attempts to upgrade its image from a bare-bones discounter

[1970s+; fr the phrase bare bones, ''mere skeleton,'' which is attested fr the 1600s]


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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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