The Satanic Bible Quotes by Anton Szandor LaVey
To make no bones ( idiom) - English Vocabulary lesson # 102
make no bones about (doing) something
This is another of those ancient phrases that we accept with our mother's milk as an idiom but which seem quite strange when we later give it some thought. When we are trying to convey that we acknowledge or have no objection to something, why bring bones into it? It has been suggested that the bones were dice, which were previously made from bone and are still called bones in gambling circles. That explanation doesn't stand up to scrutiny - ' no dice' is a US expression but 'to make no dice about it' has never been a phrase in the language. Also, in a translation of Erasmus's Paraphrase of Luke he discussed the command given to Abraham to sacrifice Isaac and wrote that 'he made no bones about it but went to offer up his son. The actual source of this phrase is closer to home and hearth. In 15th century England, if someone wanted to express their dissatisfaction with something, they didn't 'make bones about it', they used the original form of the phrase and 'found bones in it'.
make no bones about (something)
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