What does skin and bones mean?


Idiom Meaning:

extremely skinny


Examples of this Idiom in Movies & TV Shows:


Law & Order: “Mother’s Milk” (2000)

Time of Scene: n/a

Detective Lennie Briscoe: It’s never a happy ending.

Detective Ed Green: We found blood in the apartment.

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: I don’t know yet whose it is. Haven’t done the autopsy.

Detective Lennie Briscoe: Cause of death?

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: At first glance, it looks like the baby was more than likely put in the bag and buried alive.

Detective Ed Green: Looks like skin and bones. What did he die of?

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Hard to tell. Asphyxiation. Dehydration. Exposure. I won’t know until I do the autopsy.

Detective Ed Green: How long can a baby live like that?

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: The Mexican earthquake, babies survived nine days buried alive.

A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Arrest the son of a bitch.


Cats (1998)

Time of Scene: 00:28:50

Jennyanydots the Gumbie Cat: Bustopher Jones is not skin and bones.

Bombalurina: In fact, he’s remarkably fat.

Jellylorum: He doesn’t haunt pubs.

Jennyanydots the Gumbie Cat: He has eight or nine clubs.

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Masked and Anonymous (2003)

Time of Scene: 00:34:00

Uncle Sweetheart: Hey, you’re all skin and bones.

Jack Fate: Aren’t we all. Anyway, I don’t have to throw my weight around. Look at you. You must have put on a few pounds.

Uncle Sweetheart: Eatin’ from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.


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