1 /skIn/ noun
1 BODY (C, U)
a) the natural outer layer of a human or animal body: Babies have beautifully soft skin. | amphibians with their smooth, moist skins | a skin disease | fair/dark skin: Madhur was beautiful with her thick black hair and smooth dark skin.
b) (U) the skin on your face: Some soaps just seem to dry my skin up. | bad skin (=unhealthy-looking skin)
—see also: skincare
2 dark-skinned/fair-skinned/smooth-skinned etc having dark skin, smooth skin etc: If you are very fair-skinned you should avoid going in the sun too much.
—see also: have a thick skin thick 1 (11)
3 ANIMAL SKIN (C, U) the skin of an animal, used as leather, fur etc: a tiger skin | a sheepskin jacket
4 FOOD (C, U)
a) the natural outer cover of some fruits and vegetables: banana skins | onion skin
b) the outer cover of a sausage
c) a thin solid layer that forms on the top of a liquid when it gets cold or is left uncovered: Cover the soup to stop a skin from forming.
5 by the skin of your teeth informal if you do something by the skin of your teeth, you only just succeed in doing it: We woke up late and caught the plane by the skin of our teeth.
6 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.
7 be skin and bone informal to be extremely thin in a way that is unattractive and unhealthy: Tania was all skin and bone when she got back from her world tour.
8 it's no skin off my nose spoken used to say that you do not care what someone else thinks or does because it does not affect you: Well, I offered to help out, but if she doesn't want me to it's no skin off my nose!
—see also: save sb's skin save 1 (10), jump out of your skin jump 1 (4) 2 verb skinned, skinning (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: She skinned her knee when she fell off her bike.
3 skin sb alive humorous to punish someone very severely: I'll skin him alive if I get hold of him!
4 AmE informal to completely defeat someone: The football team really skinned Watertown last year.
skin up phrasal verb (I) BrE slang to make a cigarette with marijuana in it

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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