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skin-deep

[skin-deep] /ˈskɪnˈdip/
adjective
1.
superficial or slight; not profound or substantial:
Their sincerity is only skin-deep.
adverb
2.
slightly; superficially:
He went into the subject only skin-deep.
Origin of skin-deep
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15
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  • It is not barbarous merely because the printing is skin-deep and unalterable.

  • Beauty is only skin-deep, but the nerves lie very near to the skin.

  • I have called myself "skin-deep" ever since, day and night—the name I deserve.'

  • It is but the exterior sign of good conduct, but may be no more than skin-deep.

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • But if his words and writings are examined, it will be seen that this mobility was only skin-deep.

  • Yet one ought to do him the justice to say that his vanity was only skin-deep.

    Voltaire John Morley
  • We only scratch Nature skin-deep, and her wealds will devour our black countries.

    Northern Spain Edgar T. A. Wigram
  • An address is only skin-deep, after all; besides, Streatham is pretty.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • The Carcajieu may or may not be a beauty, but his look is only skin-deep anyhow.

    The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for skin-deep

skin-deep

adjective
1.
superficial; shallow
adverb
2.
superficially
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