skin: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (skin), [key]
— n., v., adj. skinned, skin•ning,
- the external covering or integument of an animal body, esp. when soft and flexible.
- such an integument stripped from the body of an animal, esp. a small animal; pelt: a beaver skin.
- the tanned or treated pelt or hide of an animal, esp. when used in apparel and accessories; leather (usually used in combination): pigskin; calfskin.
- any integumentary covering, casing, outer coating, or surface layer, as an investing membrane, the rind or peel of fruit, or a film on liquid: a skin of thin ice; the aluminum skin of an airplane.
- the outermost layer of a pearl.
- the outermost layer of a diamond as found: often different in color and refraction from the inner part of the stone.
- the shell or ceiling of a hull.
- the outer, exposed part of a furled sail.
- an outer layer of a metal piece having characteristics differing from those of the interior.
- a container made of animal skin, used for holding liquids, esp. wine.
- a swindler; cheat.
- a skinflint.
- a horse.
- a dollar bill.
- the outer surface of a missile or rocket.
- by an extremely narrow margin; just barely; scarcely: We made the last train by the skin of our teeth.
- His laugh really gets under my skin.
- to irritate; bother:His laugh really gets under my skin.
- to affect deeply; impress; penetrate:That sort of music always gets under my skin.
- to be insensitive to criticism or rebuffs: The complaint desk is a job for someone who has a thick skin.
- to be extremely sensitive to criticism or rebuffs; be easily offended: Be careful what you say to me, I have a thin skin.
- without harm; unscathed; safely: She escaped from the burning building with a whole skin.
- of no interest or concern or involving no risk to one.
- to avoid harm, esp. to escape death: They betrayed their country to save their skins.
- in essence; fundamentally; despite appearances or differences: sisters under the skin.
- to strip or deprive of skin; flay; peel; husk.
- to remove or strip off (any covering, outer coating, surface layer, etc.).
- to scrape or rub a small piece of skin from (one's hand, leg, etc.), as in falling or sliding against something: She skinned her knee.
- to urge on, drive, or whip (a draft animal, as a mule or ox).
- to climb or jump: He skinned the rope to the top of the wall.
- to cover with or as if with skin.
- to strip of money or belongings; fleece, as in gambling.
- to slide cards one at a time off the top of (the pack) in dealing.
- to defeat completely: skinned at the polls.
- to castigate; reprimand: skinned for his disobedience.
- to slip off or depart hurriedly (often followed by out).
- The home team was skinned alive this afternoon.
- to reprimand; scold.
- to subdue completely, esp. in a cruel or ruthless manner:The home team was skinned alive this afternoon.
- a skin magazine.
- Slang.showing or featuring nude persons, often in a sexually explicit way:a skin magazine.
- presenting films, stage shows, exhibitions, etc., that feature nude persons, esp. in a sexually explicit way:a Times Square skin house.
- skin (Thesaurus)
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