jump in (one's) skin

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jump in (one's) skin

To start or recoil, as from shock, surprise, or fear. I positively jumped in my skin when I heard the door bang open in the middle of the night.
See also: jump, skin
References in classic literature ?
The neighbourhood, to our ears, seemed haunted by approaching footsteps; and what between the dead body of the captain on the parlour floor and the thought of that detestable blind beggar hovering near at hand and ready to return, there were moments when, as the saying goes, I jumped in my skin for terror.