to throw someone a bone

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - throw someone a bone

"to throw someone a bone"

to do something to appease someone by giving something small or giving some slight encouragement


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - throw someone a bone

A professor is lecturing ...

Professor:  The final exam will be Monday. We've covered an incredible amount of material this term.  I hope you are all ready.

Student:  Could you please give us an idea of what's going to be on the exam?

Professor:  Only subjects we have covered this term.  You should be ready for anything.

Student:  Could you please throw us a bone?

Professor:  OK.  There won't be anything on the exam from the introduction.

Student:  Thanks.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - throw someone a bone

Two executives are talking ...

Executive 1:  The press are going crazy over our product failure.

Executive 2:  Maybe we should issue a press release.

Executive 1:  Absolutely not until we have consulted with our law team.

Executive 2:  There are more than twenty reporters outside the building's doors. It doesn't look good.

Executive 1:  Maybe we could throw them a bone to quiet them down.

Executive 2:  Like what?

Executive 1:  Let's tell them about the new plant we are building and the six hundred jobs it will create.

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to throw someone a bone - Gerund Form:

Throwing someone a bone can help to alleviate a tense situation.

to throw someone a bone - Examples:

1)  Hard to know what to comment about, really. Throw us a bone. I missed the game. Would anyone like to fill me in about ...

2)  ... reach out to me. so, honestly -- thanks for trying to throw me a bone, but i think his silence is his silence.

3)  I'm really scraping the bottom of the barrel here, c'mon throw me a bone, man!

4)  Throw me a bone, give me a hint, tell me which ones did hit the spot.

5)  I sure wished that somebody would throw me a bone and offer some clarity.

6)  Sources say the players would like the NHL to throw them a bone or two before the union tables another offer.

7)  So throw them a bone to keep them happy.

8)  What you need to do is occasionally throw them a bone to keep them interested ...

9)  Throw them a bone every once in a while (food stamps etc.).

10)  Once in a while the company will throw them a bone in the form of dividends.

11)  ... genuinely disappointed that no one is offering you criticism, people sometimes throw you a bone to please you. 

12)  Instead of moping around waiting for the universe to throw you a bone, try acting like you're happy -- even if you aren't.

13)  ... kid pay for his college if need be but I'd probably throw him a bone here or there at times to help. 

14)  Slightly impressed, she throws him a bone that his survey results helped which warms his fuzzy little heart. 

15)  ... and that these groups will be come around once he throws them a bone or two.

16)  So while on the one hand it throws them a bone to so honor him, it almost in a subtle way is demeaning, to ...

17)  He can't win without his base so he is forced into throwing them a bone in the form of Paul Ryan. 

18)  Eisenbach then makes a motion toward throwing them a bone by making one adjustment of his own.

19)  ... just as you're on the brink of hitting reset it throws you a bone.

20)  The GOP could have thrown us a bone