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Andrew Lanning was town bred and soft of skin from the work at the forge.

Cool enough to handle and then remove the skin and the roots.

If the mushrooms are found to be tough, the skin should be peeled off.

The russet of oranges is caused by the bite of an insect on the skin.

Their skin does not cling so closely as the skin of oranges.

Whenever we get under the skin, it is Shakespeare's femininity which startles us.

The big fellows at the clubs always had a wad and peeled off bills like skin off an onion.

Then the cow shook her foot to free it and the skin rattled.

"It was of that first treading that the Skin talked," agreed the Coyote.

He just missed running into Banjo on the Hog's Back by the skin of the teeth.


c.1200, "animal hide" (usually dressed and tanned), from Old Norse skinn "animal hide, fur," from Proto-Germanic *skintha- (cf. Old English scinn (rare), Old High German scinten, German schinden "to flay, skin;" German dialectal schind "skin of a fruit," Flemish schinde "bark"), from PIE *sken- "to cut off" (cf. Breton scant "scale of a fish," Irish scainim "I tear, I burst"), from root *sek- "to cut" (see section (n.)).

The usual Anglo-Saxon word is hide (n.1). Meaning "epidermis of a living animal or person" is attested from early 14c.; extended to fruits, vegetables, etc. late 14c. Jazz slang sense of "drum" is from 1927. Meaning "a skinhead" is from 1970. As an adjective, it formerly had a slang sense of "cheating" (1868); sense of "pornographic" is attested from 1968. Skin deep is first attested in this:

The skin of one's teeth as the narrowest of margins is attested from 1550s in the Geneva Bible literal translation of the Hebrew text in Job xix:20. To get under (someone's) skin "annoy" is from 1896. Skin-graft is from 1871. Skin merchant "recruiting officer" is from 1792.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.