Posted by ESC on January 13, 2004
In Reply to: Bones posted by ESC on January 13, 2004
: : : Hello guys I'm an Italian student and I'm translating a film review from empire magazine. Could you help me with the meaning of "If he has any bones about..."? I can't really manage to know what it means. Thanx, VIVI
: : 'Bones' in this context is an abbreviation of 'bone of contention,' meaning a source of continuing disagreement.
: : 'I have a bone to pick with you' means 'I have reason to disagree or be annoyed with you.'
: There's an expression: He didn't make any bones about it. Meaning: he didn't mince words, he spoke directly and plainly.
: It would help if you would put the text of the whole paragraph or exchange.
Here's the expression I was thinking of: To make no bones about -- to be direct and candid. Dice are called bones... From "Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable" revised by Adrian Room (HarperCollinsPublishers, New York, 1999, Sixteenth Edition).