jump out of one's skin

jump out of (one's) skin

To physically recoil, flinch, or start, especially in fear or surprise. My goodness, I jumped out of my skin when that alarm went off in the middle of the night. Margaret jumped out of her skin when the boss called her name to give the presentation.
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jump out of one's skin

Be extremely startled or frightened. For example, When he crept up on me so quietly, I nearly jumped out of my skin. [Early 1900s]
See also: jump, of, out, skin