skin and bones

noun
a condition or state of extreme thinness, usually the result of malnutrition; emaciation: Anorexia had reduced her to skin and bones.
Also, skin and bone.


Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English

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skin and bones

Painfully thin, emaciated. This phrase often is expanded to nothing but skin and bones, as in She came home from her trip nothing but skin and bones. This hyperbolic expressionone could hardly be alive without some fleshdates from the early 1400s.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Drain oil from salmon, remove skin and bones, rub through a sieve.
Severe cases may also cause open sores or damage to the skin and bones, if the
  circulation is cut off for too long.
They could eat their prey and he got the skin and bones for his natural history
  museum.
She wasn't all skin and bones the way she used to be.
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