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thick skin

Insensitivity to criticism or insult, as in You can tell him exactly what you think of his new piece; unlike most composers he has a thick skin. This term transfers an impervious outer coating to mental or emotional toughness. [ Mid-1500s ]
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  • The flavor is good, but the thick skin and muskiness in taste are objectionable.

  • "It's only a thick skin I've got that doesn't show the blood through," he answered.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • She rubs the soft, thick skin of her face with layers of grease.

    My Friend Annabel Lee Mary MacLane
  • The pulp of the banana is covered with a thick skin, which is easily detached.

    Round Cape Horn Joseph Lamson
  • The flavor is good but the thick skin and muskiness in taste are objectionable.

    The Grapes of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • A thick skin of new ice showed that it had not been used for some time.

    Love of Life Jack London
  • One, I remember, had an abnormally rough and thick skin, had had it all his life.

  • His thick skin was of the characteristic Osnomian green and his eyes were the usual black, but he had no hair whatever.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • Adelaide cut the oranges and lemon lengthwise into quarters, removing the seeds and thick skin at the centers.

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