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catch a tan

To tan, as from the sun or in a tanning bed. The water's too cold for my liking, so I'll just catch a tan on the beach instead.
See also: catch, tan

farmer's tan

A tan line or sunburn on the neck and lower arms that results from wearing a T-shirt during prolonged sun exposure and that is clearly demarcated from the pale skin of the chest and upper arms that remained covered. It was so warm that I only wore a T-shirt on the four-hour hike, but I had a pretty gnarly farmer's tan by the end of the day.
See also: tan

tan someone's hide

to spank someone. Billy's mother said she'd tan Billy's hide if he ever did that again. "I'll tan your hide if you're late!" said Tom's father.
See also: hide, tan

tan somebody's hide

to hit someone, usually a child, many times as a punishment I'll tan that boy's hide if he touches my toolbox again.
See also: hide, tan

tan someone's hide

Also, have someone's hide. Spank or beat someone, as in Dad said he'd tan Billy's hide if he caught him smoking, or I'll have your hide if you take something without paying for it. This term uses hide in the sense of "skin." The allusion in the first expression is to a spanking that will change one's skin just as chemicals tan animal hide (convert it into leather). [Second half of 1600s]
See also: hide, tan


mod. alcohol intoxicated. (Preserved like a tanned hide of an animal.) Tom is too tanned to drive. Get him out of that car.
See also: tan
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Millionaire Mist(TM) will be available exclusively at 250 Hollywood Tans salons across the country.
Hollywood Tans is the nation's largest chain of professional tanning salons, with more than 325 salon locations open nationwide and 100 slated to open in the next year.
All the products in the new personal line - called MT Tanning Essentials - are specially formulated to complement a MagicTan tan received at a salon equipped with a MagicTan spray booth or airbrush system.
Boston's Hollywood Tans salons have been designed to be the most professional and memorable tanning facilities in the country.
While there are over 200 Hollywood Tans franchises in the nation, we believe our Boston salons take the concept to the next level, offering all the amenities of a total salon experience," Cooley said.
For more than 25 years, Palm Beach Tan has been committed to delivering indoor tanning services in a safe, clean and responsible environment.
WAY TO GLOW THE exact colour of your self tan is individual to you, because the ingredients react with the skin's amino acids.
Melissa's personal experience with skin cancer inspired her to search for the safer alternative to the sun and after her first airbrush tan she was hooked.
Due to the appearance of her complexion, it seemed that overly-bronzed Jersey mother had an addiction to tanning, so "In Touch" magazine wanted to do a photo shoot with the 44-year-old -- but only if she didn't tan for a month.
With winter just about here, many teens soon will look to tanning beds to reignite their summer tans.
She tans for a few minutes three or four times a week.
Local retailers who offer products and services include Tropic Mist Tans in Tarzana and Portofino Sun Center and Spa in Beverly Hills.
There are a number of different tans on the market (see panel right) , which can range from a light tan for paler skin to very dark tans.
Hollywood Tans LLC, the tanning franchise company, announced the addition of a new senior-level executive: George Daulerio as Vice President, Finance, and Chief Accounting Officer.