break no bones

break no bones
cause no harm

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • Break No Bones (novel) — Infobox Book name = Break No Bones title orig = translator = image caption = author = Kathy Reichs illustrator = cover artist = country = United States language = English series = Temperance Brennan genre = Crime novel publisher = William… …   Wikipedia

  • hard words break no bones — A terser statement of the sentiment in sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Cf. c 1450 Towneley Play of Noah (EETS) 1. 380 Thise grete wordis shall not flay me. 1697 G. MERITON Yorkshire Ale (ed. 3) 84 Foul words… …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me — Similar to hard words break no bones. 1894 G. F. NORTHALL Folk Phrases 23 Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me! Said by one youngster to another calling names. 1980 Cosmopolitan Dec. 137 ‘Sticks and stones may break …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • Sticks and stones may break my bones (but words will never hurt me). — Sticks and stones may break my bones (but words will never hurt me). something that you say which means that people cannot hurt you with bad things they say or write about you. Criticism has never bothered me. Sticks and stones may break my bones …   New idioms dictionary

  • sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me — To be resistant to criticism.  This is often said to young children upset over the fact that another child called them something that they did not like …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • break — break1 W1S1 [breık] v past tense broke [brəuk US brouk] past participle broken [ˈbrəukən US ˈbrou ] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(separate into pieces)¦ 2¦(bones)¦ 3¦(machines)¦ 4¦(rules/laws)¦ 5¦(promise/agreement)¦ 6¦(stop/rest)¦ 7¦(end something)¦ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • break — noun see never give a sucker an even break verb see hard words break no bones if it were not for hope, the heart would break it is the last straw that breaks the camel’s back obey orders, if you break owners …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • break upon the wheel — (historical) To punish by stretching on a wheel and breaking the bones • • • Main Entry: ↑break …   Useful english dictionary

  • to break his bones — beat him, hit him, hurt him …   English contemporary dictionary

  • break — [[t]bre͟ɪk[/t]] ♦ breaks, breaking, broke, broken 1) V ERG When an object breaks or when you break it, it suddenly separates into two or more pieces, often because it has been hit or dropped. [V n] He fell through the window, breaking the glass …   English dictionary

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