What Does the Phrase “Boning Up” Mean When Studying or Preparing for an Examination?

The phrase boning up comes from a British teacher of Greek and Latin who wanted to make life easier for his students.

With that goal in mind he translated the Greek and Latin classics into English and then had them published and distributed within his classroom.

His name was Mr. Bohn, and his grateful students called this new, speedier method of studying the classics “Bohning up.”