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Marrow-bones

Down on your marrow-bones, i.e. knees. That marrow in this phrase is not a corruption of “Mary,” meaning the Virgin, is palpable from the analogous phrase, the marrow-bone stage – walking. The leg-bone is the marrow-bone of beef and mutton, and the play is on Marylebone (London)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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