skin tone meaning, skin tone definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( skins    plural & 3rd person present)   ( skinning    present participle)   ( skinned    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-var   Your skin is the natural covering of your body.  
His skin is clear and smooth..., There are three major types of skin cancer..., The only difference between us is the colour of our skins.     
2       n-var   An animal skin is skin which has been removed from a dead animal. Skins are used to make things such as coats and rugs.  
usu supp N  
That was real crocodile skin.     
3       n-var   The skin of a fruit or vegetable is its outer layer or covering.  
The outer skin of the orange is called the `zest'., ...banana skins.     
4       n-sing   If a skin forms on the surface of a liquid, a thin, fairly solid layer forms on it.  
Stir the custard occasionally to prevent a skin forming.     
5       verb   If you skin a dead animal, you remove its skin.  
...with the expertise of a chef skinning a rabbit.      V n  
    banana skin  
7    If you do something by the skin of your teeth, you just manage to do it.  
by the skin of one's teeth      phrase   PHR with cl  
He won, but only by the skin of his teeth.     
8    If you say that someone has a thick skin, you mean that they are able to listen to criticism about themselves without becoming offended.  
a thick skin      phrase   N inflects, usu v PHR  
You need a thick skin to be a headmaster.     
    to make your skin crawl  

banana skin        ( banana skins    plural  )
1       n-count   The thick yellow or green covering of a banana is called a banana skin.  
in AM, use banana peel     
2       n-count   If an important or famous person slips on a banana skin, they say or do something that makes them look stupid and causes them problems.  
  (mainly BRIT, JOURNALISM)  
...waiting for the government to slip on this week's banana skin.     
in AM, use banana peel     
skin care      , skincare  
Skin care involves keeping your skin clean, healthy-looking, and attractive.      n-uncount   oft N n  
...a unique range of natural skincare products.     
skin deep      , skin-deep  
Something that is only skin deep is not a major or important feature of something, although it may appear to be.      adj   usu v-link ADJ  
Beauty is only skin deep...     
skin-tight      , skintight  
Skin-tight clothes fit very tightly so that they show the shape of your body.      adj   usu ADJ n  
...the youth with the slicked down hair and skin-tight trousers.     
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
be tone-deaf
comes from a pun related to Van Gogh (a painter) cutting off his left ear and the expression "have an ear for music" = be particularly good at learning music
caressing someone by touching his/her skin with the eyelashes
a round and sweet fruit with pale, orange-colored skin that comes from a tree of the same name
crust; epicarp; husk; integument; outer layer; peel; skin
1. the art of public speaking in which gesture, vocal production, and delivery are emphasized 2.the study of formal speaking in pronunciation, grammar, style, and tone.


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