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[thik-skind] /ˈθɪkˈskɪnd/
having a thick skin.
insensitive or hardened to criticism, reproach, rebuff, etc.
Origin of thick-skinned
First recorded in 1535-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They've all three got courage, they're all reckless and obstinate, and—forgive me—thick-skinned.

    The Country House John Galsworthy
  • Au, you thick-skinned beast,” he cried; “if I were only down there with a stick!

    In the King's Name George Manville Fenn
  • Was she really so callous, so thick-skinned that she was immune from insult?

    The Lady Doc

    Caroline Lockhart
  • I always was a thick-skinned fellow, and it turns out lucky now.

    Charge! George Manville Fenn
  • It is exhausting to belabour a thick-skinned and obstinate animal with a stick.

    Blue Lights R.M. Ballantyne
  • He was as thick-skinned as a walrus and the cut direct did not in the least trouble him.

    The Mission of Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • She wondered if he was so thick-skinned that he did not feel anything at all.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • She was too thick-skinned to be pricked by Louise's repudiation.

    Regiment of Women Clemence Dane
  • Depend upon it, this country was intended for thick-skinned blacks.

    From sketch-book and diary Elizabeth Butler
British Dictionary definitions for thick-skinned


insensitive to criticism or hints; not easily upset or affected
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