point the bone v.
(Aus.) to betray a friend and leave them in the lurch; thus bone-pointer n., bone-pointing n.
|Come in Spinner (1960) 392: Pointing the bone at me, are you, you old witch?|
|AS XXXIII:3 164: bone, point the bone at, v. To wish (someone) harm. From the aboriginal practice of pointing a small bone at an enemy to cause his death by magic.‘Aus. Cattle Lingo’ in|
|Aussie Swearers Guide 33: The greatest sin against the Australian spirit of mateship is to point the bone at a cobber, i.e. sneak on a friend or leave him in the lurch [Ibid.] 43: Point-the-Bone Merchant. Accuster, often buck-passer.|