jump out of (one's) skin(redirected from jump out of their skin)
jump out of (one's) skin
To physically recoil, flinch, or start, especially in fear or surprise. My goodness, I jumped out of my skin when that alarm went off in the middle of the night. Margaret jumped out of her skin when the boss called her name to give the presentation.
(almost) jump out of one's skinand nearly jump out of one's skin
Fig. to react strongly to shock or surprise. Oh! You really scared me. I nearly jumped out of my skin. Bill was so startled he almost jumped out of his skin.
jump out of one's skin
Be extremely startled or frightened. For example, When he crept up on me so quietly, I nearly jumped out of my skin. [Early 1900s]
jump out of your skinor
nearly jump out of your skin
If you jump out of your skin or nearly jump out of your skin, you are suddenly very surprised or shocked by something. The doorbell made him jump out of his skin. He nearly jumped out of his skin when he saw two rats.