on body1 [uncountable, countable] the layer of tissue that covers the bodyto have dark/fair/olive, etc. skinThe snake sheds its skin once a year.cosmetics for sensitive skinsskin cancer see also foreskin
-skinned2 (in adjectives) having the type of skin mentioneddark-skinnedfair-skinned see also thick-skinned, thin-skinned
of dead animal3 [countable, uncountable] (often in compounds) the skin of a dead animal with or without its fur, used for making leather, etc.The skins are removed and laid out to dry.a tiger skin rug
of fruit/vegetables4 [countable, uncountable] the outer layer of some fruit and vegetablesRemove the skins by soaking the tomatoes in hot water. compare peel, rind, zest
of sausage5 [countable, uncountable] the thin outer layer of a sausagePrick the skins before grilling.
on liquids6 [countable, uncountable] the thin layer that forms on the surface of some liquidsA skin had formed on the top of the milk.
outside layer7 [countable] a layer that covers the outside of somethingthe outer skin of the earththe metal skin of the aircraft8 [countable] a special cover for any small electronic device that you can carry with you so that you can listen to musicYou can create your own custom skin for your iPod.The skin has a clear protective layer.
in computer program9 [countable] (computing) the interface of a computer program (= the way a computer program presents information on a screen), that the user can change to suit their particular preferences
by the skin of your teeth(informal) if you do something by the skin of your teeth, you only just manage to do itHe escaped defeat by the skin of his teeth.by the skin of your teeth
get under someone's skin(informal) to annoy someoneDon't let him get under your skin.get under skin
have someone under your skin(informal) to be extremely attracted to someonehave under your skin
it's no skin off my, your, his, etc. nose/back(informal) used to say that someone is not upset or annoyed about something because it does not affect them in a bad wayit's no skin off my, your, his, etc. noseit's no skin off my, your, his, etc. back
jump out of your skin(informal) to move violently because of a sudden shockjump out of your skin
make your skin crawl
to make you feel afraid or full of disgustJust the sight of him makes my skin crawl.make your skin crawl
save your (own) skin/hide/neck
to try to avoid death, punishment, etc., especially by leaving others in an extremely difficult situationTo save his own skin, he lied and blamed the accident on his friend.save your skin/necksave your own skin/necksave your hide/necksave your own hide/neck
(nothing but/all/only) skin and bone(informal) extremely thin in a way that is not attractive or healthyskin and bonenothing but/only skin and boneskin and bonenothing all/only skin and bone
Usage note: Physical AppearanceA person may be described as having:eyes(bright) blue/green/(dark/light) brown/hazel eyesdeep-set/sunken/bulging/protruding eyessmall/beady/sparkling/twinkling/shifty eyespiercing/penetrating/steely eyesbloodshot/watery/puffy eyesbushy/thick/dark/raised/arched eyebrowslong/dark/thick/curly/false eyelashes/lashesfacea flat/bulbous/pointed/sharp/snub nosea straight/a pointy/a Roman/an aquiline nosefull/thick/thin/pouty lipsdry/chapped/cracked lipsflushed/rosy/red/ruddy/pale cheekssoft/chubby/sunken cheekswhite/perfect/crooked/protruding teetha large/high/broad/wide foreheada strong/weak/pointed/double china long/full/bushy/wispy bearda full/thin goateea long/thin/bushy/droopy/handlebar/pencil mustachehair and skinpale/fair/olive/dark/tanned skindry/oily/smooth/rough/leathery/wrinkled skina dark/pale/light/sallow/ruddy/olive/swarthy/clear complexiondeep/fine/small/facial wrinklesblonde/blond/fair/(light/dark) brown/(jet-)black/auburn/red/ginger/gray hairstraight/curly/wavy/frizzy/spiky hairthick/thin/fine/bushy/thinning hairdyed/bleached/soft/silky/dry/greasy/shiny hairlong/short/shoulder-length/cropped haira bald/balding/shaved heada receding hairlinea bald patch/spota side/center partbodya long/short/thick/slender/(disapproving) scrawny neckbroad/narrow/sloping/rounded/hunched shouldersa bare/broad/muscular/small/large chesta flat/round/swollen/bulging stomacha small/tiny/narrow/slim/slender/28-inch waistbig/wide/narrow/slim hipsa straight/bent/arched/broad/hairy backthin/slender/muscular armsbig/large/small/manicured/calloused/gloved handslong/short/fat/slender/delicate/bony fingerslong/muscular/hairy/shapely/(both informal, often disapproving) skinny/spindly legsmuscular/chubby/(informal, disapproving) flabby thighs/calvesbig/little/small/dainty/wide/narrow/bare feeta good/slim/slender/hourglass figurebe of slim/medium/average/large/athletic/stocky build
a thick skin
the ability to accept criticism, insults, etc. without becoming upsetantonym a thin skin, see also thick-skinneda thick skin