jump out of one's skin

Definition of jump out of one's skin

informal

  1. —used with almost, nearly, etc., to say that someone is suddenly surprised or frightened very much by something I didn't hear her come in, so I nearly jumped out of my skin when she spoke to me.

Word by Word Definitions

jumpplay
  1. :  to spring into the air :  leap

    :  to spring free from the ground or other base by the muscular action of feet and legs

    :  to move suddenly or involuntarily :  start

  1. :  an act of jumping :  leap

    :  any of several sports competitions featuring a leap, spring, or bound

    :  a leap in figure skating in which the skater leaves the ice with both feet and turns in the air

  1. :  exactly, pat

  1. :  in a direction away from the inside or center

    :  outside

    :  from among others

  1. :  eject, oust

    :  to identify publicly as being such secretly

    :  to identify as being a closet homosexual

  1. : used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. :  situated outside :  external

    :  out-of-bounds

    :  situated at a distance :  outlying

  1. :  outside

    :  one who is out of office or power or on the outside

    :  an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

skinplay
  1. :  the integument of an animal (such as a fur-bearing mammal or a bird) separated from the body usually with its hair or feathers

    :  a usually unmounted specimen of a vertebrate (as in a museum)

    :  the hide or pelt of a game or domestic animal

  1. :  to strip, scrape, or rub off an outer covering (such as the skin or rind) of

    :  to strip or peel off

    :  to cut, chip, or damage the surface of

  1. :  devoted to showing nudes


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