make your bones

make your bones
   to kill (someone)
   Committing a murder was said to be a prerequisite of full membership of the Mafia.
   Some figurative use, indicating worthiness for a position of authority or experience:
    The men behind him were old-time spooks who had made their bones on the Berlin Wall when the concrete was not even dry. (Forsyth, 1994)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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