Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bones n.1

[ext. of SE use; dice were orig. made of bone]

1. [late 14C+] dice; esp. in exhortation roll them bones!

2. [19C] the human teeth.

3. the fingers when clenched in a fist.

4. [late 19C] a surgeon.

5. [1900s] (US campus) a skeleton.

6. [1960s–70s] (US) a thin person.

7. [1970s+] the game of dominoes [pl. of bone n.1 (2b)].

In compounds

bone-thrower (n.)

[late 19C] (US) a craps player.

In phrases

roll the bones (v.) (also rattle..., shake…, trundle…)

[19C+] (US) to play at dice; thus bone-roller a dice-player.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

jump (on) someone’s bones (v.)

1. [early 19C+] of a man, to have sexual intercourse.

2. [1980s] to attack.