/skɪn / (say skin)

1. the external covering or integument of an animal body, especially when soft and flexible.
2. such an integument stripped from the body of an animal; pelt.
3. any integumentary covering, outer coating, or surface layer, as a sheathing membrane, the rind or peel of fruit, or a film on liquid.
4. (in Aboriginal culture) a section (def. 12) or subsection (def. 2).
5. a single nacreous layer in a pearl, the outermost at any time.
6. the planking or iron plating which covers the ribs of a ship.
7. a sheathing or casing forming the outside surface of a structure, as an exterior wall of a building, etc.: a brick skin.
8. Computers the design of a web page as opposed to its functionality.
9. a container made of animal skin, used for holding liquids.
10. one's resistance or sensitivity to criticism, censure, etc.: a thin skin.
11. Golf a money prize offered to the winner of a hole in skins golf.
12. Colloquial a condom.
verb (skinned, skinning)
verb (t)
13. to strip or deprive of skin; flay; peel.
14. to strip off, as or like skin.
15. to cover with or as with skin.
16. Colloquial to strip of money or belongings; fleece, as in gambling.
17. (in golf) to beat (an opponent), thus claiming the skins. See skins golf.
18. Computers to create a skin (def. 8) for (a website).
verb (i)
19. US Colloquial to slip off hastily.
20. by the skin of one's teeth, scarcely; just; barely. {Phrase Origin: modified from the Old Testament (Job 19:20): `My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.'}
21. get under someone's skin,
a. to irritate someone.
b. to fascinate or attract someone.
22. have (a) thick skin, to be not easily upset or embarrassed by the negative or critical remarks of others.
23. have (a) thin skin, to be extremely sensitive to criticism, reproach, a rebuff, or the like.
24. jump out of one's skin, to be very frightened, surprised, or the like.
25. play out of one's skin, Sport Colloquial to achieve excellence beyond one's usual standard.
26. save someone's skin, to rescue someone from a dangerous or difficult situation.
{Middle English, from Old Norse skinn}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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