under (one's)/the skin

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under (one's)/the skin

1. Inherently; essentially. In this usage, "the" is used between "under" and "skin." She's really a sweet girl under the skin—her sassy attitude just gets in the way of that sometimes.
2. Said of something that is a source of irritation. In this usage, a personal pronoun is used between "under" and "skin." I just can't stand Dean's voice, so everything he says gets under my skin.
3. Said of someone or something that one is obsessing about. In this usage, a personal pronoun is used between "under" and "skin." I can't get that beautiful girl I met earlier off my mind. She's just under my skin now.
See also: skin

under the skin

in reality, as opposed to superficial appearances.
See also: skin

under the skin

Beneath the surface; fundamentally: enemies who are really brothers under the skin.
See also: skin
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And the fact that it was the Church of Scientology that prompted John Sweeney to launch into his infamous "you weren't there" rant, suggests that they really do have the power to get under one's skin.
The blur that spreads across Evening Comes, 2001, has a palpability that gets under one's skin, fraught as it is with the poignancy and anxiety--and ironically, the intangibility--of memory.