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By the Skin of One's Teeth

What Does "By the Skin of One's Teeth" Mean?

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"By the skin of one's teeth" is an English idiom. It means "barely or narrowly; by the smallest margin."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "by the skin of one's teeth" used in a sentence:
  • I made it to the train by the skin of my teeth.
  • He passed the exam by the skin of his teeth.
  • We avoided the storm by the skin of our teeth.
meaning for by the skin of one's teeth

What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "By the Skin of One's Teeth" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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