soaked to the skin

soaked to the skin

Extremely or completely wet, especially through one's clothing. I can't believe you pushed me into the pool! Now I have to walk home soaked to the skin! The kids let themselves get soaked to the skin out in the rain, and now one of them is coming down with a cold.
See also: skin, soak

soaked to the skin

wet clear through one's clothing to the skin. I was caught in the rain and got soaked to the skin. oh, come in and dry off! You must be soaked to the skin.
See also: skin, soak

soaked to the skin

Also, soaked through. Drenched, extremely wet, as in What a downpour; I'm soaked to the skin, or She fell in the stream and was soaked through. The implication in this idiom implies that water has penetrated one's clothing, so one is thoroughly wet. The phrase to the skin has been so used since about 1600; it and the variant were combined in Randle Cotgrave's Dictionary (1611) as "Wet through, or (as we say) to the skin."
See also: skin, soak
References in classic literature ?
The stair carpet was ruffled and discoloured where I had crouched, soaked to the skin from the thunderstorm the night of the catastrophe.
But the weather was bad, the roads were heavy with mud, he was overtaken by a storm of rain, and ere he could find shelter he was soaked to the skin.
He knew it existed, as we know that crime and abominations exist; he had heard of it as a peaceable citizen in a town hears of battles, famines, and floods, and yet knows nothing of what these things mean -- though, indeed, he may have been mixed up in a street row, have gone without his dinner once, or been soaked to the skin in a shower.
With no preliminary whisper or rustle, without a splash, and even with- out the ghost of impact, I became instantaneously soaked to the skin.
Giovanni said: "My waiters were soaked to the skin looking all over Venice for white truffles, which they found.
A playful water fight, which Daniel started, soon turned into a major battle which left them both soaked to the skin.
One pupil said: "The rain was extremely heavy and we were soaked to the skin.
Soaked to the skin, I grabbed the first seat and rang my husband to meet me off the bus.
Your body ages, yet strangely the mind stays the same, you really do think you are still 21, No one warns you, but suddenly you are a pensioner, and growing old is as funny as dropping a heavy object on your toe, Each day you seem to pick up all sorts of different aches and pains, but unlike when you were younger, now they refuse to go, I still go to the odd rock and roll show, it's bravado, but then I find it hard to get up at the break, My knees and my back won't let me get up; so I listen to the music, but no more hippy hippy shake, Of course I leave the car at home because I have a bus pass now, it takes hours to get home and I get soaked to the skin, You're supposed to be relaxed, ready to be part of the silver seventies brigade, but if you think that's cool, then think again.
Actress on how she spent 45 days soaked to the skin in 100mph winds for new movie – on DVD now
A GROUP of dedicated students got soaked to the skin to raise vital funds.
Sixteen employees at South Tyneside College were soaked to the skin after undertaking a giant joint version of the globesweeping phenomenon.
A number of young women were hospitalised after becoming extremely drunk and soaked to the skin in skimpy clothes as they spent the day drinking.