- superficial or slight; not profound or substantial: Their sincerity is only skin-deep.
- slightly; superficially: He went into the subject only skin-deep.
Origin of skin-deep
First recorded in 1605–15
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- superficial; shallow
Idioms and Phrases with skin deep
see beauty is only skin deep.
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