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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bare bones mean? 

  The noun BARE BONES has 1 sense:

1. (plural) the most basic facts or elements

  Familiarity information: BARE BONES used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1bare bones [BACK TO TOP]


(plural) the most basic facts or elements

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

he told us only the bare bones of the story

Hypernyms ("bare bones" is a kind of...):

center; core; essence; gist; heart; heart and soul; inwardness; kernel; marrow; meat; nitty-gritty; nub; pith; substance; sum (the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience)

Domain usage:

plural; plural form (the form of a word that is used to denote more than one)

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

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