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skeleton

noun [C] uk   /ˈskel.ɪ.tən/ us    /-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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