Skin is the thin layer of tissue that covers the whole body. The plural is ‘skins’, but we use the singular form to describe one’s skin.
- Your skin is glowing.
- My skin goes really dark in the sun.
skin idioms list
Let’s look at some popular body idioms that contain the word ‘skin’.
- by the skin of one’s teeth
meaning – by a very narrow margin
example – I thought I was going to be late for my interview, but I got there by the skin of my teeth.
- couldn’t knock the skin off a rice pudding
meaning – wimpy/cowardly/weak
example – Gary said I couldn’t knock the skin off a rice pudding. I’ll show him in the ring.
- have thick skin
meaning – you don’t easily get upset by criticism/insults
example – You need to be thick skinned if you want to become a politician.
- jump out of one’s skin
meaning – something shocks/scares you very much
example – A huge spider ran across my leg. I nearly jumped out of my skin.
- more than one way to skin a cat
meaning – there are many ways to accomplish a goal
example – I didn’t get tickets to the concert, but there is more than one way to skin a cat.
- no skin off one’s nose
meaning – you don’t care if something happens or not
example – It’s no skin off my nose if you don’t pass your finals.
- skin and bones
meaning – very thin and underweight
example – We found a sick dog on the street. He was skin and bones and infested with maggots.
- skin someone alive
meaning – severely punish someone
example – I cracked the TV. My mum is going to skin me alive when she gets back.
meaning – a person who hates spending money
example – My mum is such a skinflint, she won’t give me £1 for the charity cake sale.
skin idioms list with pictures
Here’s some real life picture examples.