Definition of cleanskin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklēnˌskin/


1chiefly British A person who does not have an existing criminal record or who has not attracted the attention of police or security forces: intelligence officials have been concerned for some time about the threat posed by cleanskins
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  • He was presented to the jury as a cleanskin: he had no criminal involvement whatsoever in these matters.
  • The threat comes from cleanskins, individuals with no training and no previous involvement in militancy.
  • He had never been arrested in Northern Ireland; he was viewed as a 'cleanskin' whose fingerprints had not been taken by the RUC.
2 (also clearskin /ˈklirˌskin/ //) Australian/New Zealand An animal that has not been branded with the owner’s mark: [as modifier]: Delacy began the trapping and branding of cleanskin cattle
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  • She was not a cleanskin; the Mirramilla brand was on her rump.
  • Cattle-stealing — rounding up someone else's clean-skin cattle and branding them as your own — was a way of doing business in the early days.
  • Occasionally, producers use helicopter musters in some areas if they feel there are sufficient clean skin cattle to pay for the helicopter.
3Australian/New Zealand A bottle of wine whose label does not identify the producer, typically sold at a low price: Steve bought a cleanskin ($16) from the local tavern
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  • Palombo holds a cleanskin Shiraz bottle which will be ready for sale in August.
  • The narrator is somewhat sardonic about his guests and is perhaps influenced by the three whiskies he's had and the cleanskin he's finishing up with.
  • He arranged cold meats and cheeses for our lunches, as well as discovering a special deal on cleanskin wines, which turned out to be a good bargain.

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Syllabification: clean·skin

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