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  1. slightly; superficially: He went into the subject only skin-deep.

Origin of skin-deep

First recorded in 1605–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of skin-deep

  • It could be written off as largely cosmetic, but increasingly appears more than skin-deep.

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British Dictionary definitions for skin-deep


  1. superficial; shallow
  1. superficially
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