Meaning of SKELETON in English

SKELETON

transcription, транскрипция: [ skelɪt(ə)n ]

( skeletons)

1.

Your skeleton is the framework of bones in your body.

...a human skeleton.

N-COUNT

2.

A skeleton staff is the smallest number of staff necessary in order to run an organization or service.

Only a skeleton staff remains to show anyone interested around the site.

ADJ : ADJ n

3.

The skeleton of something such as a building or a plan is its basic framework.

Only skeletons of buildings remained.

N-COUNT : usu N of n

4.

If you say that someone has a skeleton in the closet , or in British English a skeleton in the cupboard , you mean that they are keeping secret a bad or embarrassing fact about themselves.

Mr Worthing is this election’s Mr Nice Guy, without any skeletons in his cupboard.

PHRASE : Ns inflect

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