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    Talking make no bones

    Please explain the idiom "make no bones" and give suitable examples in context.

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    Re: make no bones

    =speak honestly, not beat about the bush, call a spade a spade, wear your heart on your sleeve, not to mince words... It's interesting how this topic seems to spawn metaphors.

    I first became aware of this idiom in the context of a regional character in a BBC radio comedy in the '60s - 'I make no bones about it, I'm looking for someone to love.' (It's not very common; it seemed to suit a rustic character with a strong regional accent - in the days when regional accents weren't common on the BBC.)


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    Re: make no bones

    It means not to be backward in coming forward.

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