To make no bones


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To make no bones See under Bone n.
    • To make no bones to make no scruple; not to hesitate.
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In literature:

The old lady shook herself to make sure that no bones were broken.
"Frank's Campaign" by Horatio Alger, Jr.
I know he is a cross between a fool and an adventurer; I make no bones about telling him so to his face every day.
"Title: The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
To the Still Yarde, which place, however, is now shut up of the plague; but I was there, and we now make no bones of it.
"Diary of Samuel Pepys, 1665" by Samuel Pepys
He got up slowly, to make certain that no bones were broken, and then looked around for his pony.
"Jack North's Treasure Hunt" by Roy Rockwood
Slowly rising to my feet I felt myself all over to make sure that there were no broken bones.
"Over The Top" by Arthur Guy Empey
Make no bones of telling me of any blunder I may have committed, according to your views of duty.
"The Sea Lions" by James Fenimore Cooper
No, sir; such talk is enough to make the bones of Andrew Jackson turn round in his coffin.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XII" by John Lord
He makes no bones about confessing his preference of Swift to Aristophanes and Rabelais and Moliere.
"The Art of Letters" by Robert Lynd
They lack all pride and make no bones about admitting themselves to be defeated.
"Poise: How to Attain It" by D. Starke
They decided to make no bones about what was up.
"Wilt Thou Torchy" by Sewell Ford

In poetry:

The People, of whom he was one.
No gentleman like Washington,--
(Whose bones, methinks, make room,
To have him in their tomb!)
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard
"No need for Bones to hurry so!"
I sobbed. "In fact, I doubt
If it was worth his while to go -
And who is Tibbs, I'd like to know,
To make such work about?
"Phantasmagoria Canto VII ( Sad Souvenaunce )" by Lewis Carroll
Old Mother Laidinwool, she give her bones a shake,
An' trotted down the churchyard-path as fast as she could make.
She met the Parson walking, but she says to him, says she: —
"Oh, don't let no one trouble for a poor old ghost like me!"
"Old Mother Laidinwool" by Rudyard Kipling