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English definition of “be close to the bone”

be close to the bone

If something you say or write is close to the bone , it is close to the truth in a way that might offend some people .Insults and abuseTreating people or animals badly
(Definition of be close to the bone from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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