cut\ to\ the\ bone

v. phr.
To make (smth) the least or smallest possible amount; reduce severely; leave out everything extra or unnecessary from.

Father cut Jane's allowance to the bone for disobeying him.

When father lost his job, our living expenses had to be cut to the bone.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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