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"skeleton" in British English

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skeletonnoun [C]

uk   /ˈskel.ə.tən/  us   /ˈskel.ə.t̬ən/
B2 the frame of bones supporting a human or animal body: We found an old sheep skeleton up on the cliffs.figurative Her long illness reduced her to a skeleton (= made her very thin).
the most basic form or structure of something: The skeleton of my book is written/My book is in skeleton form - now I just have to add the details.

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"skeleton" in American English

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skeletonnoun [C]

 us   /ˈskel·ɪ·tən/
the frame of bones supporting a human or animal body: We found a deer skeleton.
(Definition of skeleton from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"skeleton" in Business English

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skeletonadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈskelɪtən/
used to describe something in its most basic form: His solicitor confirmed he had faxed a skeleton argument supporting his client's application for bail. The rail company was hoping to run a skeleton service during the strike.a skeleton crew/staff/workforce The company cut 10 jobs in their Hong Kong office, leaving only a skeleton staff.
(Definition of skeleton from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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