jump out of one's skin

Be extremely startled or frightened. For example, When he crept up on me so quietly, I nearly jumped out of my skin. [Early 1900s]


Nearby words

  1. jump jet,
  2. jump jockey,
  3. jump leads,
  4. jump line,
  5. jump on,
  6. jump pass,
  7. jump rope,
  8. jump seat,
  9. jump shooter,
  10. jump shot

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