banana skin

noun

the soft outer covering of a banana
informal something unforeseen that causes an obvious and embarrassing mistake

Nearby words

  1. banana prawn,
  2. banana republic,
  3. banana republics,
  4. banana seat,
  5. banana shrub,
  6. banana slug,
  7. banana spider,
  8. banana split,
  9. bananaland,
  10. bananas

Word Origin for banana skin

sense 2 from the common slapstick joke of a person slipping after treading on a banana skin

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