Make no bones about it

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Make no bones about it

Post by BonnieL » Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:12 pm

I used this expression last night & immediately wondered: where the heck did that come from? I did a search & the best 2 sites that came up were https://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-bon1.htm and https://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2007 ... ut-it.html.

I'm going with the "lost in the mists of time" explanation, but wondered if anyone here had better information about it.
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Post by trolley » Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:40 am

I'm surprised that they didn't mention the American expression "to make one's bones" which means to do something extraordinary ( or dangerous, reckless or illegal) in order to establish yourself as an important person or a member of an exclusive group or organization. It's sort of like making your mark or paying your dues. It is said to have been used by the mafia as another way to say that you had killed someone, making you an important person. It's fairly easy to see the "making bones" connection there but bones as an argument or a point of disagreement isn't quite so apparent.
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