make one's bones

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To commit a murder in order to be respected in a criminal gang.
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Mario Cacciatore was fourteen when he made his bones.

Submitted on January 20, 2019

Additional definitions for 'make one's bones':

make one's bonesTo establish one's bona fides; to establish status and respect.
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Knochen machen

骨を作る

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