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In Japanese, 'bones' comes first: He is bones and skin.
In English, always 'skin and bones'?
Also,
1. Can it be more figuratively used for other things than the body?
2. Any other expressions to refer to a very skinny person?

Thank you.
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it's in the dictionary this way:
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skin and bones

1 : a condition of extreme emaciation
2 : excessive thinness

Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged.
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Comments  
skin and bones is the right sequence.

bag of bones, as thin as a rake,
gangly, lanky, bony, sinewy, scrawny
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Oh, so many! Thank you very much.
each word has other connotations, as well, than being thin, mind!
incho
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