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Throw someone a bone

Posted by Bob on March 31, 2001

In Reply to: Throw someone a bone posted by Jennifer Kolb on March 31, 2001

: Could someone please clarify. When you "throw someone a bone", is this considered to be a nice jesture or perhaps an appeasement? In other words is it a good or bad thing? Thank you in advance.

There''s always a whiff of condescension involved in this. A patronizing "poor thing. out of the goodness of my heart I'll...." It's possible to read good intentions into it, but it's a chilly good deed.