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throw someone a bone

throw someone a bone

Date: May 21 2009

Quote

1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“Yeah, I’d do a music project with Ryan. I’d throw him a bone. I know he needs the work.”

- Mandy Moore joking about working with her new husband, Ryan Adams. (Entertainment Weekly)

Definition

1. Definition - Study the definition.

give someone a small reward or compliment

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

When you throw a dog a bone, it makes that dog very happy. But it probably isn’t a big deal for you. If you hadn’t given the bone to the dog, you probably would’ve just thrown it in the trash.

Similarly, the expression give someone a bone means do someone a small favor or give him or her a little reward. The reward might not be very big or special, especially to the person who gives it. But it can be really important to the person who receives it.

So why would Mandy Moore have to throw a bone to her husband, the singer Ryan Adams? Adams is already a successful, famous musician. But Mandy makes fun of him by saying that he needs work. She says she’d be willing to throw him a bone by working with him on a music project.

Hmmm…does that mean Mandy thinks her husband is a dog?

Examples

1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

“Don’t throw Ryan a bone, or he’ll think you like him.”

“Could someone please throw me a bone? I could really use some help.”

“Let’s invite Haley to the party. That poor girl needs someone to throw her a bone.”

Winners

1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

heavenliu give somebody a chance
by heavenliu
lalobrown to give attention to somebody who is always seeking you
by lalobrown
To let someone have a little bit of what you got or won as a favor and to protect your self from his envy.
by egyptophile
I would help him
by monacovalentina
When you "throw someone a bone", u give a person some kind of help,(for example) using the privelege of ur position.
by RadistkaAnn
Gellerke help someone, help out another person
by Gellerke
I think it is u've gave him a offer
by franky_wang
give someone exactly what him or she wants or needs.
by CatherineVanilla
bobbie-bao give sb a chance to do sth.
by bobbie-bao
IT MEANS THAT SHE WILL HELP HER A LITTLE.
by Despotis Evelyn
Unless IT MAY MEAN GIVING SOMEONE A SMALL REWARD OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT MAYBE SOME KIND WORDS TO MAKE ONE FEEL GOOD EVEN THEY HAVE NOT ACTUALLY CONTRIBUTED MUCH.....
by Unless
VOLTS give someone at least a tiny piece of encouragement, reaction, response, help.
by VOLTS
Sezai To give someone a little praise, recognition
by Sezai

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Comments

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MAEBRAHIMI2007

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

That slang was very useful for me.

thank you

11:31 PM May 27 2009 |

Anita1210

Anita1210

Taiwan

It's funny! Who can throw me a bone? Wan!Wan!

08:23 AM May 27 2009 |

ola.k

Syrian Arab Republic

help somebody and give him what he wants

12:08 PM May 25 2009 |

ratania

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

I willed like conversation with friends

03:44 PM May 24 2009 |

ratania

Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

hi i am abdu

 

03:39 PM May 24 2009 |

yhs880817

yhs880817

China

it means  help  some  or  do  some a  favor …

08:01 AM May 24 2009 |

sukya

sukya

China

well… this lesson really has thrown me a bone!^^i really appreciate it !

07:53 AM May 24 2009 |

boddi

China

It's really a nice slang,If we don't know it exactlly,we will think sb're insulting us.

06:05 AM May 24 2009 |

rosendo

rosendo

Mexico

is like :: 

" water that u dont drink leave it run "

 

 

 

10:57 PM May 23 2009 |

DricaBr

DricaBr

Brazil

Give me a little help. The bone being the leftovers from a meal.

small part because he needs to work.

10:36 PM May 23 2009 |

pure&ice

China

hi

10:34 PM May 23 2009 |

Praveenkumar

India

Thanks a lot english.

08:09 AM May 23 2009 |

pina69

pina69

Poland

i think that means give someone chance or possibility to make sth

08:03 AM May 23 2009 |

Marcelolic

Marcelolic

Brazil

I know there…this expression is a bit pejorative,come on!

06:58 AM May 23 2009 |

sachin9sharma

India

throw someone a bone. u know there r words make me remind of my street dogs who lure to the Bones i feed them.

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02:27 AM May 23 2009 |

DIY Myhappiness

Thailand

 

Thanks a lot english.

The meaning is make me know new word.

01:23 AM May 23 2009 |

Mesa

Mesa

China

Maybe it means give someone a chance.

08:00 PM May 22 2009 |

emmashow1280

China

yeah  i understand at thins point. it is not derogatory term. "throw me a bone.you know i really need this"

06:24 PM May 22 2009 |

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