skin1 W2S2 [skın] n
2¦(from an animal)¦
4¦(on a liquid)¦
5¦(part of an object)¦
7 have (a) thin/thick skin
8 get under somebody's skin
9 by the skin of your teeth
10 make somebody's skin crawl
11 be skin and bone
12 it's no skin off somebody's nose
13 something is only skin deep
14 skins
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old Norse; Origin: skinn]
1.) ¦(BODY)¦ [U and C]
the natural outer layer of a person's or animal's body
She had thick black hair and smooth dark skin .
If you are fair-skinned , you should try to stay out of the sun.
My skin is quite sensitive .
an ugly man with bad skin and brown teeth
chemicals that irritate the skin
The eggs are hatched under a fold of skin on the penguin's belly.
a skin disease
2.) ¦(FROM AN ANIMAL)¦ [U and C]
the skin of an animal, sometimes including its fur, used to make leather, clothes etc
a leopard skin
flesh, ↑seed, ↑skin
3.) ¦(FOOD)¦ [U and C]
a) the natural outer cover of some fruits and vegetables
= ↑peel
banana skins
b) the outer cover of a ↑sausage
4.) ¦(ON A LIQUID)¦ [U and C]
a thin solid layer that forms on the top of a liquid, especially when it gets cold
Cover the soup to stop a skin from forming.
a layer that is part of a vehicle, building, object etc, especially on the outside
The outer skin of the aircraft was not punctured.
The lampshade has a double skin so that it remains cool.
6.) ¦(COMPUTER)¦ [U and C]
the way particular information appears on a computer screen, especially when this can be changed quickly and easily
7.) have (a) thin/thick skin
to be easily upset or not easily upset by criticism
This is not a job for someone with thin skin.
8.) get under sb's skin informal
if someone gets under your skin, they annoy you, especially by the way they behave
What really gets under my skin is people who push straight to the front of the line.
9.) by the skin of your teeth informal
if you do something by the skin of your teeth, you only just succeed in doing it, and very nearly failed to do it
Two others made it by the skin of their teeth.
10.) make sb's skin crawl informal
to make someone feel very uncomfortable combined with a strong feeling of dislike
Her singing makes my skin crawl.
11.) be skin and bone
BrE be skin and bones AmE informal to be extremely thin in a way that is unattractive and unhealthy
12.) it's no skin off sb's nose
spoken used to say that someone does not care what another person thinks or does, because it does not affect them
If she doesn't want me to help, it's no skin off my nose!
13.) sth is only skin deep
used to say that something may seem to be important or effective, but it really is not because it only affects the way things appear
Beauty is only skin deep.
14.) skins [plural] BrE informal papers for rolling a cigarette, especially one with ↑marijuana in it
save sb's skin atsave1 (11), jump out of your skin atjump1 (4)
COLLOCATES for sense 1
fair/pale skin
dark/olive skin
dry/oily/sensitive skin
smooth/soft skin
leathery skin (=thick and hard skin)
scaly skin (=rough dry skin on animals such asLIZARDs )
good/bad skin (=healthy or unhealthy skin on your face)
skin colour/tone
rub/irritate your skin
flap/fold/layer of skin
skin 2
skin2 past tense and past participle skinned present participle skinning
v [T]
1.) to remove the skin from an animal, fruit, or vegetable
Add the tomatoes, skinned and sliced.
2.) to hurt yourself by rubbing off some skin
= ↑graze
She fell and skinned her knee.
3.) skin sb alive
to punish someone very severely - used humorously
Dad will skin you alive when he sees this place!
4.) informal to completely defeat someone
= ↑hammer
The football team really skinned Watertown last year.
skin up phr v
to make a cigarette with ↑marijuana in it

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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