This has been a lyric in a song I have liked since the '80s, namely Howard Jones' song "Life in One Day", and I have never understood the significance of it.
Time will wear away the stone;
Gets the hereditary bone.
When I started to do some research, I found an article on the Manchester UTD Supporters Club website that started off:
Football transfer rumours: Daniel Sturridge to West Ham or Stoke?
What the papers say - Tue, 11/15/2016 - 08:57
Today’s fluff gets the hereditary bone
The article goes on to talk of several football (READ: soccer, for those who don't follow the Premier League) players planning and bargaining for moving between teams, but there didn't seem to be any real bias to the story. Just matter-of-fact reporting of who is talking about going where.
So, while I can surmise that the expression is British English, I still don't get the meaning of the phrase.
Does someone know what the expression means?