drenched to the skin

drenched to the skin

To be completely soaked with water—usually rain—through one's clothes. Come in out of that rain! Oh, you're drenched to the skin, you'll catch cold if you aren't careful!
See also: drench, skin
References in classic literature ?
Drenched to the skin, he walked into the little flat where the parents of his betrothed lived, in Third Street in Vassilyevsky Island.
My traveling-carriage stopped; the horses seized; I myself in a strange country at nightfall, robbed of my money and my luggage, and drenched to the skin by the pouring rain
For my part, I am answerable for the fate of these poor mariners, who have stood by my side in battle, and been so often drenched to the skin, along with me, by the same tempestuous surges.
Our favourite ride was the World Of Chima, where you engage in battle by water cannon as you follow a circuit on a boat, getting drenched to the skin by rival vessels, waterfalls and spectators.
We could have cried - when the heavens opened and within minutes we were drenched to the skin and everything around us was soaking and slippery.
He arrived mud-spattered, exhausted and drenched to the skin, but in time to break the tie between the Delaware delegates and make the adoption of the Declaration unanimous.
The drive home to Dublin drenched to the skin after such a beating is one I'll never forget.
Some fans have paid pounds 250 to be drenched to the skin as they watch their idol.
In Europe even someone like Alex Ferguson used to train with his Manchester United players and get drenched to the skin till a few seasons back.
The tents collapsed under a torrential downpour; knights and squires, grooms and horses slithered in the mud and thousands of spectators struggled home drenched to the skin.
By the time he arrived he was drenched to the skin and had to borrow fresh clothes from the family with which he was staying.
By the end of another frustrating trip to London, Alex Ferguson was drenched to the skin on the touchline, in an ill-fitting woolly hat, barking out curses like a grumpy pensioner waiting in vain for his free bus to turn up.
During the walk home from the bus stop they got caught in a shower and drenched to the skin.
I was about to put up my brolly when a streak of lightning earthed itself no more than 10 feet away, so I decided it was safer to get drenched to the skin instead.
The prostrate Nigel, drenched to the skin, took one look at the pathetic pair and shouted: "Are you two taking the p***?