Idioms for skin

Origin of skin

1150–1200; Middle English (noun) < Old Norse skinn; cognate with dialectal German Schinde skin of fruit

SYNONYMS FOR skin

2 fur. Skin, hide, pelt are names for the outer covering of animals, including humans. Skin is the general word: an abrasion of the skin; the skin of a muskrat. Hide applies to the skin of large animals, as cattle, horses, or elephants: a buffalo hide. Pelt applies to the untanned skin of smaller animals: a mink pelt.
4 hull, shell, husk, crust.

OTHER WORDS FROM skin

skin·like, adjectiveun·der·skin, nounun·skinned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for skin alive

skin
/ (skɪn) /

noun

verb skins, skinning or skinned

adjective

relating to or for the skinskin cream
slang, mainly US involving or depicting nudityskin magazines
See also skin up

Derived forms of skin

skinless, adjectiveskinlike, adjective

Word Origin for skin

Old English scinn, from Old Norse skinn
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Medicine definitions for skin alive

skin
[ skĭn ]

n.

The membranous tissue forming an external protective covering or integument of an animal and consisting of the epidermis and dermis.

v.

To bruise, cut, or injure the skin of.

Other words from skin

skinless adj.
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Science definitions for skin alive

skin
[ skĭn ]

The outer covering of a vertebrate animal, consisting of two layers of cells, a thick inner layer (the dermis) and a thin outer layer (the epidermis). Structures such as hair, scales, or feathers are contained in the skin, as are fat cells, sweat glands, and sensory receptors. Skin provides a protective barrier against disease-causing microorganisms and against the sun's ultraviolet rays. In warm-blooded animals, it aids in temperature regulation, as by insulating against the cold.
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Culture definitions for skin alive

skin

The external tissue that covers the body. As the body's largest organ (it makes up about one twenty-fifth of an adult's weight), the skin serves as a waterproof covering that helps keep out pathogens and protects against temperature extremes and sunlight. The skin also contains special nerve endings that respond to touch, pressure, heat, and cold. The skin has an outer layer, or epidermis, and a layer immediately below, called the dermis.

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Idioms and Phrases with skin alive (1 of 2)

skin alive

Punish severely, as in If I find the guy who slashed my tire I'll skin him alive. This hyperbolic expression transfers the barbaric practice of flaying a live prisoner to other forms of punishment. [Colloquial mid-1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with skin alive (2 of 2)

skin

In addition to the idioms beginning with skin

  • skin alive
  • skin and bones
  • skin deep
  • skin off one's nose
  • skin of one's teeth

also see:

  • beauty is only skin deep
  • by the skin of one's teeth
  • get under someone's skin
  • jump out of one's skin
  • make one's flesh creep (skin crawl)
  • more than one way to skin a cat
  • no skin off one's nose
  • save one's bacon (skin)
  • soaked to the skin
  • thick skin
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