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the bare bonesnoun [plural]

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the most ​importantfacts about something, to which more ​detail might be ​addedlater: the ​barebones of the ​story I don't need all the ​details - just give me the ​barebones.
(Definition of the bare bones from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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