Made my bones

"Bones" is an American English term reflecting actions or symbols of achievement, status, or respect. This term is often used in a phrases similar to "made my (or his, her, your, their) bones". Although the term (and its contextual phrase) appears to have originated in the United States criminal underworld[1] it has since migrated to more popular and less sinister usage;[2][3][4][5] including law enforcement,[6] legal,[7][8] and religious[9] discussions.

Usage in popular culture

The first relatively current popular usage appears to be in the book The Godfather and the movie by Sonny who says "... I 'made my bones' when I was nineteen, the last time the family had a war,...".[10]

Moe Greene also said it in The Godfather to Michael "I'm Moe Greene! I made my bones when you were going out with cheerleaders!"


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