American English

Definition of skin verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they skin
    he / she / it skins
    past simple skinned
    -ing form skinning
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  1. 1skin something to take the skin off an animal, a fruit, or a vegetable You'll need four ripe tomatoes, skinned and chopped. We learned how to trap and skin a rabbit.
  2. part of body
  3. 2skin something to rub the skin off part of your body by accident He skinned his knees climbing down the tree.
  4. Idioms
    there's more than one way to skin a cat (saying) (humorous)
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    there are many different ways to achieve something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: skin