- 1The thin layer of tissue forming the natural outer covering of the body of a person or animal: I use body lotion to keep my skin soft a flap of skinMore example sentences
- Typical teen problems like zits had not touched his flawless pale skin.
- His lightly muscled tanned bare skin glistened in the sun and he felt very much like an article on display.
- The light never touched his soft, tan skin.
- 1.1The skin of a dead animal with or without the fur, used as material for clothing or other items: is this real crocodile skin?More example sentences
- The Inuit made all their clothing from various animal skins and hides.
- The Sun Dance ceremony practised by Plains Indians required the skins of dead animals in order to glorify the spirit of the wolf.
- He doffed his cap, also made from the skin of a dead animal - I later learned it was a raccoon.
- 1.2A container made from the skin of an animal such as a goat, used for holding liquids.More example sentences
- He instead took the job of filling their water skins.
- He had finished washing his knife and had started filling up their water skins for the night.
- The water skin filled, quickly, and out of the top a stream of water burst out.
- 2An outer layer or covering, in particular.More example sentences
- Meanwhile, thick layers of slate-colored skins began covering their exposed muscles.
- Islam is just the outer skin of an onion covering animism, Hinduism and other ancient mysteries.
- The distinctive bumpy skins are used to cover up wounds and to protect them from infection while they heal.
- 2.1The peel or outer layer of certain fruits or vegetables.More example sentences
- Wheat bran and the skins of fruits and vegetables are sources of insoluble fiber.
- Peel the skin from the roast pepper halves and cut the stem off the aubergine halves.
- Simply peel away the outer skin of the kiwi and place in a hard-cooked egg slicer.
- 2.2The thin outer covering of a sausage.More example sentences
- In developing countries gut skins dominate the sausage market.
- Then, I imagine, it is pumped into sausage skins and served in a bun smothered in ketchup and mustard.
- It is a pudding in the old sense of something enclosed in a sausage skin.
- 2.3A thin layer forming on the surface of certain hot liquids, such as milk, as they cool.More example sentences
- To make matters worse, spinach was often on the menu and there was a skin on the milk they served for breakfast.
- It is chilly enough that where the water is calm a skin of ice has formed.
- Air must be excluded from the can by a tight-fitting lid, or a skin can form in the can.
- 2.4The outermost layer of a structure such as a building or aircraft.More example sentences
- The hole in the floor was covered with a sliding panel flush with the aircraft's skin.
- With the wing structure complete, the wings were then covered with aircraft grade mahogany skin.
- The longerons were good and did not need replacement but we did replace some skins on the lower fuselage.
- 2.5 Computing A customized graphic user interface for an application or operating system: music, reviews, and attitude all wrapped up in the skin of a catalogMore example sentences
- They swapped modding techniques and hundreds of custom skins over the website message board.
- The white console is customisable too, with the ability to swap everything from the console's faceplate to the skins on the software interface.
- For example, will it be possible to use custom skins or will you release tools to allow users to build custom levels?
- 2.6 (usually skins) A strip of sealskin or other material attached to the underside of a ski to prevent a skier from slipping backward while climbing.More example sentences
- The route got steeper and we put climbing skins (strips of special fur) on our ski bottoms.
- Attach climbing skins to your skis and up you go.
- We stripped off the synthetic climbing skins from our skis.
- 3 • informal A skinhead.More example sentences
- They were surrounded by a devoted crowd of aging skins, punks & Goths worshipping at the church of Sioux.
- As for punks 'n' skins in Derby, there's hardly any.
- From my experiences, punks & skins generally get along OK.
- 4 (usually skins) • informal (Especially in jazz) a drum or drum head.More example sentences
- Drummer Ste Barrow is frantically searching for a replacement having just split the skin on his bass drum.
- Weiss pulverizes the skins, and the guitars of Brownstein and Tucker play off of one another with furious intensity.
- Carved from tweneboa, a Ghanaian cedar tree, the drums have fragile skins and tuning pegs.
- 5 [as modifier] • informal Relating to or denoting pornographic literature or films: the skin tradeMore example sentences
- This is undoubtedly one of the best, most bedazzling films of his skin show career.
verb (skins, skinning, skinned)Back to top
- 1 [with object] Remove the skin from (an animal or a fruit or vegetable).More example sentences
- Cows are still skinned and dismembered alive, and pigs are still scalded to death, just like chickens are.
- He is shown feeding the sheep and skinning a rabbit.
- Then, when he had finished, he got Zi to help him skin the deer and preserve the meat, in case they ever ran out of food.
- 1.1(In hyperbolic use) punish severely: Dad would skin me alive if I forgot itMore example sentences
- Anneen would skin her alive if Tara did not bring something, no matter how small.
- One day I'm gonna get skinned because of you guys.
- ‘Car theft is painful enough without motorists being skinned alive by companies in the impounding business,’ he said.
- 1.2Scratch or scrape the skin off (a part of one’s body): he scrambled down from the tree with such haste that he skinned his kneesMore example sentences
- I'm thinking about skinning my knee, getting rug burns or ‘Indian’ burns, things like that.
- If you fell and skinned your knee or caught a cold, it was because God had seen you do something wrong.
- I, however, did seriously skin both my knees and so completely stuff myself it took about 2 hours to recover.
- 1.3 • informal Take money from or swindle (someone).More example sentences
- The gimmick has generated so much publicity, Mercury is trying to devise an equivalent design - without skinning the author - for the planned 5,000 book run.
- Inevitably then, it can only financially top up local authorities by skinning you and I to an even deeper extent than it is already doing.
- 2.1 [no object] (Of a wound) form new skin: the hole in his skull skinned overMore example sentences
- My guess is that the stain is too thickly applied and has skinned over.
be skin and bones
- (Of a person or animal) be very thin.More example sentences
- She was the thinnest fox he had ever seen, practically skin and bone.
- Posh Spice isn't all that - she's all skin and bone and she's got horrible spots.
- I couldn't even tell what it was because it was skin and bone.
by the skin of one's teeth
- By a very narrow margin; barely: I only got away by the skin of my teeth[from a misquotation of Job 19:20: “I am escaped with the skin of my teeth” (i.e., and nothing else). Current use reflects a different sense]More example sentences
- You have escaped from going to prison by the skin of your teeth.
- ‘You have escaped prison by the skin of your teeth,’ the judge told him.
- The Oxford University Pool Team has not lost to Cambridge since 1999, when the ‘rascal Tabs’ managed to grind out a 46-44 victory by the skin of their teeth.
get under someone's skin • informal
- 1Annoy or irritate someone intensely: it was the sheer effrontery of them that got under my skinMore example sentences
- What's most annoying is that it seems to get under your skin - not irritating like a rash, more like an itch that needs to be scratched.
- What gets under our skin, aggravates, infuriates, frustrates and makes us hate is of the same seed that also begets love and divine revelation.
- Ugh, someone here is getting under my skin, really starting to annoy me, and I can't put my figure on why/how exactly.
- 2Fill someone’s mind in a compelling and persistent way.More example sentences
- It gets under your skin and opens up a space that is filled by sadness and silence.
- His intensely intimate music gets under your skin rather than grabbing you by the lapels.
- We wanted to make a movie that slowly got under your skin, that was about building, inescapable dread.
- 3Reach or display a deep understanding of someone: movies that get under the skin of our national characterMore example sentences
- He changed his ways many years ago because a good, decent woman got under his skin and made him understand what love was all about.
- Then he comes in contact with a woman who gets under his skin.
- I know it's a cliche but I thought the author really managed to get under Clara 's skin in a way which made us empathise with her.
give someone (some) skin
have a thick (or thin) skin
- Be insensitive (or oversensitive) to criticism or insults.More example sentences
- Chairmen and chief executives need to have a thick skin and take justified criticism of their companies in the way it is intended.
- Del Ponte dismissed the criticism: ‘He who does not have a thick skin should choose another field of work,’ she said.
- I don't have a thick skin naturally, but I've had to at times.
have skin in the game • informal
- Have a personal investment in an organization or undertaking, and therefore a vested interest in its success.More example sentences
- He said on "This Week" yesterday, everybody has got to have skin in the game.
- It is for people who have skin in the game.
- Sure, he had skin in the game.
it's no skin off my nose (or off my back)
- • informal (Usually spoken with emphasis on “my”) used to indicate that one is not offended or adversely affected by something: it’s no skin off my nose if you don’t want dessertMore example sentences
I don't care, I don't mind, I'm not bothered, it doesn't bother me, it doesn't matter to me• informal I don't give a damn, I couldn't/could care less
- I mean, it's no skin off my nose if Greenwald and screenwriter Ernest Thompson (On Golden Pond) wanted to go with such a formalist framework.
- Look, it's no skin off my nose - he's not after me, so I couldn't care less.
- When I say ‘it's no skin off my nose ‘, there is an immediate context that gives the expression more meaning.
keep (or sleep in) a whole skin
- • archaic Escape being wounded or injured.More example sentences
- It is agreeable to keep a whole skin; but the skin still remains an organ sensitive to the atmosphere.
- But were concerned rather in keeping a whole skin by parlaying or by spilling cowardly tears to excite pity.
- For if he wanted to be safe, and considered it his first object to sleep in a whole skin, it had been his best way not to have stirred from home.
- Cause someone to feel fear, horror, or disgust: a person dying in a fire—doesn’t it make your skin crawl?More example sentences
- A clerk innocently used a word to describe a section of books that made Cisneros 's skin crawl.
- The mere knowledge that I talked to you makes Greg 's skin crawl, and I'm not going to hurt him by meeting you.
- Justin was, well, Justin, and the thought of him doing that with Rebecca was enough to make Michael 's skin crawl.
save someone's skin
- see save1.
there's more than one way to skin a cat
- • proverb There’s more than one way of achieving one’s aim.More example sentences
- Harry Briggs, City of York councillor for Haxby, said: ‘Maybe people in Haxby have got more brains, after all there's more than one way to skin a cat.’
- You learn as you get older there's more than one way to skin a cat.
- Maybe those dummies in their corporate towers have finally gotten the message and realised that there's more than one way to skin a cat.
under the skin
- In reality, as opposed to superficial appearances: he still believes that all women are goddesses under the skinMore example sentences
- There is something chilling in the will for violence latent under the skin of our society - and it is not an appetite which should be fed.
- We're in the tradition of journalists going out and trying to get under the skin of the country.
- This well-crafted documentary probes under the skin of taxidermy and finds much more than glass eyes and straw.
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- Chop three boneless, skinless chicken breasts into cubes.
- I even came home and cooked up a slew of skinless, frozen chicken breasts for lunch this week.
- Some lean meat morsels you may want to munch include skinless cuts of roasted, baked or broiled poultry and seafood.
late Old English scinn, from Old Norse skinn; related to Dutch schinden 'flay, peel' and German schinden.