bone up
intransitive verb Date: 1887 1. to try to master necessary information quickly ; cram <
bone up for the exam
>
2. to renew one's skill or refresh one's memory <
boned up on the speech just before giving it
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • bone up — (on (something)) to study or improve your understanding of something, esp. for a test. The test includes history, math, and languages, so I ll have to bone up on a lot of subjects. With new developments in medicine happening all the time, doctors …   New idioms dictionary

  • bone up — verb study intensively, as before an exam I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam • Syn: ↑cram, ↑grind away, ↑drum, ↑swot, ↑get up, ↑mug up, ↑swot up, ↑bone …   Useful english dictionary

  • bone up — phrasal verb [intransitive] Word forms bone up : present tense I/you/we/they bone up he/she/it bones up present participle boning up past tense boned up past participle boned up informal to study hard or learn about something in order to prepare… …   English dictionary

  • bone up — v. (colloq.) (AE) (D; intr.) to bone up on (she had to bone up on her French) * * * (colloq.) (AE) (D; intr.) to bone up on (she had to bone up on her French) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • bone up — verb To study or cram, especially in order to refresh ones knowledge of a topic. Heres your chance to bone up on the segregating, or crediting, or whatever you call it …   Wiktionary

  • bone (up) — v To study hard. I can t go anywhere tonight; I have to bone (up) for my chemistry test. 1840s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • bone (up) — v To study hard. I can t go anywhere tonight; I have to bone (up) for my chemistry test. 1840s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • bone up — v. study; learn quickly or intensively. Gotta bone up for the quiz next week …   English slang

  • bone up — {v.}, {informal} To fill with information; try to learn a lot about something in a short time; study quickly. * /Carl was boning up for an examination./ * /Jim had to make a class report the next day on juvenile delinquency, and he was in the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • bone up — {v.}, {informal} To fill with information; try to learn a lot about something in a short time; study quickly. * /Carl was boning up for an examination./ * /Jim had to make a class report the next day on juvenile delinquency, and he was in the… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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