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Bad to the bone vs. dry to the bone #1 (permalink) Sun Dec 11, 2005 19:14 pm   Bad to the bone vs. dry to the bone
 

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ESL/EFL Test #67 "Dry as you like", question 5

There was a terrible storm on the night we first stayed at the campsite but we were all right with our tent and were as dry as a ..........

(a) cover
(b) bone
(c) coat
(d) sheet

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #67 "Dry as you like", answer 5

There was a terrible storm on the night we first stayed at the campsite but we were all right with our tent and were as dry as a bone.

Correct answer: (b) bone

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Hi,
I thought it is 'dry to the bone' but I've probably mistaken it with 'bad to the bone', havent I.

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Dry as a bone #2 (permalink) Mon Dec 12, 2005 9:47 am   Dry as a bone
 

Hi Deya,

Dry as a bone is the accepted simile - your expression is unknown to me.

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Bad to the bone vs. dry to the bone #3 (permalink) Tue Dec 13, 2005 18:19 pm   Bad to the bone vs. dry to the bone
 

I just wanted to make sure there is on such un expression.
I've probably misheard something that sounds similar to it.
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Bad to the bone vs. dry to the bone #4 (permalink) Thu Dec 15, 2005 6:30 am   Bad to the bone vs. dry to the bone
 

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Yes, Deya-- bad to the bone means thoroughly bad. Probably popularized by the George Thorogood song.
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