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English definition of “be close to the bone”

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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.
Translations of “be close to the bone”
in Chinese (Traditional) (說話或寫文章)尖刻,入木三分…
in Chinese (Simplified) (说话或写文章)尖刻,入木三分…
(Definition of be close to the bone from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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