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/ skIn; skIn/ n 1 [U] elastic substance that forms the outer covering of the body of a person or an animal , : a dark, an olive, a fair, etc skin * She has a beautiful skin, ie complexion. . * [attrib ] a skin disease, treatment . 2 [U, C] (often in compounds ) skin of an animal that has been removed from its body, with or without the fur; hide; fur ; ; : `pigskin, `calfskin, `sheepskin * a `rabbit-skin . 3 [C] (often in compounds ) vessel for storing liquids, made from the whole skin of an animal : a `wineskin . 4 (a) [C, U] outer covering of a fruit or plant ; : slip on a banana skin * grape skins . Cf peel n, rind, zest 3. (b) [C, U] thin covering of a sausage . (c) [C usu sing ] any outer covering or case ; : the metal skin of an aircraft * a waterproof plastic skin on a metal sheet . 5 [C, U] thin layer that forms on the surface of certain liquids, eg boiled milk : the skin on a milk pudding * a skin forming on the paint in the pot . 6 (idm ) beauty is only skin deep => beauty. be no skin off one's nose (infml ) not concern one; not matter to one ; ; : It's no skin off my nose if I lose this job, I can always get another one. , . by the ,skin of one's `teeth (infml ) only just ; : He escaped by the skin of his teeth. . get under sb's `skin (infml ) (a) annoy or irritate sb : Don't let him get under your skin! ! (b) interest or attract sb greatly : The charm of the place soon gets under your skin. , . have got sb under one `skin (infml ) be strongly attracted to sb . have, etc a hide/skin like a rhinoceros => rhinoceros. jump out of one's `skin (infml ) be startled : I nearly jumped out of my skin when a hand grabbed me in the dark. , . save one's (own) skin => save. (nothing but/all) skin and `bone (infml ) very thin ; : He was all skin and bone after his illness. . ,soaked/,wet to the `skin (of a person) completely soaked : We were soaked to the skin after the storm. . (have) a thin/thick `skin (infml ) (have) a character that makes one easily/not easily hurt by criticism, insults, etc []; [] : You need a thick skin to be a politician. .
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:42:23
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skin
v (-nn-) 1 (a) [Tn] take the skin off (eg an animal) : skin a rabbit, fox, etc . (b) injure by scraping skin off (eg one's knees) : I skinned my elbow against the wall. . 2 (idm ) keep one's eyes open/peeled/skinned => eye1. skin sb alive (said as a threat ) punish sb severely : Your father'll skin you alive when he sees this! , !
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:42:23
skin
v (-nn-) 1 (a) [Tn] take the skin off (eg an animal) : skin a rabbit, fox, etc . (b) injure by scraping skin off (eg one's knees) : I skinned my elbow against the wall. . 2 (idm ) keep one's eyes open/peeled/skinned => eye1. skin sb alive (said as a threat ) punish sb severely : Your father'll skin you alive when he sees this! , !
OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY posted at 2009/11/22 13:42:23

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