bone up phrasal

bone up phrasal
verb (I) informal to study hard for an examination: I'm having to bone up on criminal law for a test next week.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • bone up — verb study intensively, as before an exam I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam • Syn: ↑cram, ↑grind away, ↑drum, ↑swot, ↑get up, ↑mug up, ↑swot up, ↑bone …   Useful english dictionary

  • bone — bone1 [ boun ] noun *** 1. ) count one of the hard parts that form a frame inside the body of a human or animal. This frame is called a skeleton: She fell and broke a bone in her foot. Cook the fish, then carefully remove the bones. He was thin,… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bone to pick — phrasal : a point of contention : a cause for complaint : a matter to argue or complain about a bone to pick with the sales manager over defective merchandise * * * bone to pick informal : something to argue or complain about with someone usually …   Useful english dictionary

  • bone up — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms bone up : present tense I/you/we/they bone up he/she/it bones up present participle boning up past tense boned up past participle boned up informal to study hard or learn about something in order to prepare… …   English dictionary

  • bone up on — PHRASAL VERB If you bone up on a subject, you try to find out about it or remind yourself of what you have already learned about it. [INFORMAL] [V P P n] I had spent the last few months boning up on neurology …   English dictionary

  • bone to pick — phrasal a matter to argue or complain about …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • bone — [[t]bo͟ʊn[/t]] ♦♦♦ bones, boning, boned 1) N VAR Your bones are the hard parts inside your body which together form your skeleton. Many passengers suffered broken bones... Stephen fractured a thigh bone... The body is made up primarily of bone,… …   English dictionary

  • bone — I UK [bəʊn] / US [boʊn] noun Word forms bone : singular bone plural bones *** 1) [countable] one of the hard parts that form a frame inside the body of a human or animal. This frame is called a skeleton She fell and broke a bone in her foot. Cook …   English dictionary

  • close to the bone — phrasal within a sensitive or personal area < the criticism cut close to the bone > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cut to the bone — phrasal : to reduce to the barest minimum : divest of anything that could be regarded as nonessential, extra, or extrinsic …   Useful english dictionary

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