Definition of skin in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
verb (skins, skinning, skinned)Back to top
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
be skin and bones
- (Of a person or animal) be very thin.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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- US informal Shake or slap hands together as a gesture or friendship or solidarity.Example sentences
- He raised up his hand, palm side down. "Give me some skin, brother." I stuck out my hand and smiled.
- Remember the time he went to give me skin and I shook his hand!
- 'Give me some skin on that one,' said Spencer, thrusting his palm toward Winston.
have a thick (or thin) skin
- Be insensitive (or oversensitive) to criticism or insults.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
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 meinformalI 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.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.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.
- Example sentences
- 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.
Old Scandinavian gave us skin in the later Old English period—the word used until then was hide. The expression by the skin of your teeth arose from a misquotation from the biblical book of Job: ‘I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.’ The implication is ‘and nothing else’. See also beauty. The skinhead is associated with the Britain of the 1970s, but the first skinheads were American. In the 1950s recruits to the US Marines were known as skinheads because of the severe way their hair was cropped when they joined up. The colloquial word skint first found in the 1920s is a variant of colloquial skinned used in the same sense.
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