slip on a banana skin/peel

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of slip on a banana skin/peel

: fail in an embarrassing way
  • The director has slipped on a banana skin in her latest film.

Word by Word Definitions

slip play
  1. : to move with a smooth sliding motion

  2. : to move quietly and cautiously : steal

  3. : elapse, pass

  1. : a sloping ramp extending out into the water to serve as a place for landing or repairing ships

  2. : a ship's or boat's berth between two piers

  3. : the act or an instance of departing secretly or hurriedly

  1. : a small shoot or twig cut for planting or grafting : scion

  2. : descendant, offspring

  3. : a long narrow strip of material

  1. : to take cuttings from (a plant) : divide into slips

  1. : a mixture of finely divided clay and water used especially by potters (as for casting or decorating wares or in cementing separately formed parts)

banana play
  1. : an elongated usually tapering tropical fruit with soft pulpy flesh enclosed in a soft usually yellow rind

  2. : any of several widely cultivated perennial herbs (genus Musa of the family Musaceae, the banana family) bearing bananas in compact pendent bunches

skin play
  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

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

  3. : 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

  2. : to strip or peel off

  3. : to cut, chip, or damage the surface of

  1. : devoted to showing nudes

peel play
  1. : to strip off an outer layer of

  2. : to remove by stripping

  3. : to come off in sheets or scales

  1. : the skin or rind of a fruit

  2. : a thin layer of organic material that is embedded in a film of collodion and stripped from the surface of an object (such as a plant fossil) for microscopic study

  3. : chemical peel

  1. : a usually long-handled spade-shaped instrument that is used chiefly by bakers for getting something (such as bread or pies) into or out of the oven

  1. : a medieval small massive fortified tower along the Scottish-English border —called also peel tower


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