by the skin of (one's) teeth

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by the skin of (one's) teeth

Barely. Often used to describe something that almost didn't happen. Oh man, my car wouldn't start this morning—I just made it here by the skin of my teeth!
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by the skin of one's teeth

Fig. just barely. (By an amount equal to the thickness of the (imaginary) skin on one's teeth.) I got through calculus class by the skin of my teeth. I got to the airport a few minutes late and missed the plane by the skin of my teeth. Lloyd escaped from the burning building by the skin of his teeth.
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by the skin of one's teeth

Just barely, very narrowly, as in Doug passed the exam by the skin of his teeth. A related term appears in the Bible (Job 19:20), where Job says, "I am escaped with the skin of my teeth," presumably meaning he got away with nothing at all. Today the phrase using by is used most often to describe a narrow escape. [c. 1600] Also see squeak through.
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by the skin of your teeth

COMMON If you do something by the skin of your teeth, you just manage to do it but very nearly fail. In the men's First Division, the champions survived by the skin of their teeth. She was there when the fighting started and escaped by the skin of her teeth. Note: This expression seems to come from the book of Job in the Bible, although its meaning has completely changed. Job loses everything and then says `I am escaped with the skin of my teeth' (Job 19:20), meaning that the skin of his teeth is all he has left.
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by the skin of your teeth

by a very narrow margin; only just.
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do something by the ˌskin of your ˈteeth

(informal) only just do something; nearly fail to do something: We thought we’d miss the plane, but in the end we caught it by the skin of our teeth.
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by the skin of (one's) teeth

By the smallest margin.
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We lost by the skin of our teeth and we won by the skin of our teeth here and that's the nature of playing big teams away.
I believe that we have come this far by the skin of our teeth and that we always make it just by the skin of our teeth.
Kathryn, from Treherbert, in the Rhondda, said: "We managed to get a bus out of the city by the skin of our teeth with the police gathering to close off one of the final roads out of the city.
WE won this by the skin of our teeth, but don't underestimate how important the victory was.
WE won by the skin of our teeth, but please, Sam, stop playing one up front reverting to the long ball.
THE Cheltenham supporter interviewed in the Fans' View section of the Racing Post's Big Kick-Off supplement last month said: "We are starting the season with a weaker team which can mean only one thing since we escaped relegation by the skin of our teeth.
We were holding on by the skin of our teeth at the end.
Sizing up the security industry and its dedicated professionals at every turn, he surely would conclude that with grit, ingenuity, and humanity, we will continue to thrive and prosper, if only by the skin of our teeth.
But we have to remember the team finished third-bottom last season and missed relegation by the skin of our teeth.
We survive, asserts American playwright Thornton Wilder, by the skin of our teeth.
We just made it by the skin of our teeth,' '' Hampe said.
The theme of the play is the human race's continued survival through various disasters, even if it's only by the skin of our teeth.
But Oldham boss John Sheridan said: "We're still in the top six by the skin of our teeth, but we don't deserve to be.
We are hanging in there by the skin of our teeth," he said.
Saima's marriage is valid, but we just got through by the skin of our teeth,'' attorney Asma Jehangir said.