- the soft outer covering of a banana
- informal something unforeseen that causes an obvious and embarrassing mistake
Word Origin for banana skin
Examples from the Web for banana skin
Historical Examples of banana skin
There was a banana-skin which she might naturally have trodden on, in her way to the tea-table.Over the Teacups
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Banana-Skin had a shock when he found himself seized and hurled against the opposite wall.
Her corsage was of clinging ivy leaves, in contrast to the fuller effect of her banana-skin skirt.
The first banana-skin which a lot of fellows step on when they're put over other men is a desire to be too popular.Old Gorgon Graham
George Horace Lorimer
"I thought you hadn't been listening," put in Banana-Skin in a quiet and torturing way.