Definition of have a thick or thin skin in English:

have a thick (or thin) skin

Be insensitive (or oversensitive) to criticism or insults: the job called for a thick skin and an aggressive personality
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  • 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.
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