from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- With bare ribs like a skeleton: as, “bare-ribbed death,”
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She was a lank, bare-ribbed, high-boned animal, long-eared like all of her race -- for she belonged to the race of Rosinante.
In a few minutes Rube was seen returning, and by his side the "old 'oman," in the shape of a long, lank, bare-ribbed, high-boned mustang, that turned out on close inspection to be a mare!