[ skin-deep ]
/ ˈskɪnˈdip /
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superficial or slight; not profound or substantial: Their sincerity is only skin-deep.
slightly; superficially: He went into the subject only skin-deep.
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Origin of skin-deep
First recorded in 1605–15
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How to use skin-deep in a sentence
It could be written off as largely cosmetic, but increasingly appears more than skin-deep.GOP Swears It’s Not Stupid|Howard Kurtz|February 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
"With residences as with—er—ladies, beauty is only skin deep," said he.Tristram of Blent|Anthony Hope
The pride was only skin deep; the pluck was part of the heroic element in Annie.A Houseful of Girls|Sarah Tytler
But if his words and writings are examined, it will be seen that this mobility was only skin-deep.My Recollections of Lord Byron|Teresa Guiccioli
Paul had been touched—a mere graze, skin deep, but still touched—by Helen Darcy's beauty and fascinations.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)|Charles James Lever
It is only later in life that ces demoiselles begin to find that their neighbour's beauty is but skin-deep.The Isle of Unrest|Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for skin-deep
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with skin-deep
see beauty is only skin deep.
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