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banana skin Line breaks: ba¦nana skin

Definition of banana skin in English:


1The skin of a banana, especially when peeled off and discarded: you can compost banana skins, peelings, teabags, and eggshells
More example sentences
  • I stopped in front of one of the wheelie bins, opened the top and dropped in my banana skin.
  • One city hall worker won £4,000 after slipping on a banana skin while another who burned their hand on a fish pie was paid £3,000.
  • Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin.
1.1British informal Used to refer to a cause of difficulty or embarrassment: the minister was appointed to spot political banana skins this game remains a potential banana skin for Burnley the world’s two major economic powers seem unable to avoid slipping on a banana skin
[From the slapstick convention of falling over as a result of slipping on a discarded banana skin]
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  • Hays has this advice on how to avoid stepping on potential banana skins at work.
  • The prosecution slipped on a few banana skins on the way.
  • Investors may do better simply by moving on to sectors where there is more clarity and fewer potential banana skins.

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