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    Dear teachers,

    Would you share with me your opinion concerning the interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentence?

    She’d cleaned us special – on the chance. Not that she’s got anything to clean. Everything’s popped. It’s as bare as a bone at Terry’s. (Gr. Green, “The Confidential Agent”)

    ..there’s nowhere to hide on this island. It’s as bare as your hand. (A. Christie, “And Then There Were None”)

    bare as a bone = bare as the palm of one’s hand = bare as the back of one’s hand = bare to the skin, desert

    Thank you for your efforts..

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    V.
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    Default Re: bare as a bone

    Where did you get the expressions from- they're not standard idioms I have come across. The idea's clear, but we say to know something like the back of your hand, and I have not come across your versions.

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    ADJECTIVE:DIVESTED &c. v.; bare, naked, nude; undressed, undraped, unclad, ungarmented, unclothed, unappareled, unarrayed; exposed; in dishabille.
    IN A STATE OF NATURE, in nature’s garb, in buff, in native buff, in birthday suit; in puris naturalibus [L.]; with nothing on, stark-naked; bare as the back of one’s hand.
    out at elbows; threadbare, ragged, callow, roofless; barefoot; bareback, barebacked; leafless, napless, hairless.
    BALD, hairless, depilous [rare], glabrous, glabrate, tonsured, beardless, bald as a coot.
    EXUVIAL, sloughy, desquamative, desquamatory.

    http://www.bartleby.com/110/226.html

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    Default Re: bare as a bone

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    http://www.bartleby.com/110/226.html
    I am not a teacher.

    Note the date of the Roget's at Bartleby, vil---1922. Some of the expressions in there will not be in current use. I am not saying that "bare as the back of one's hand" is one of them, but I am not familiar with it.

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