Posted by Trish 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).
What is the origin of "I have a bone to pick with you"?