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1. noun, slang One's life; one's survival or self-preservation. Thanks for bringing me some extra cash—you really saved my skin, there!
2. noun, slang A cigarette paper. Do you have any spare skins? I forgot to pick up some at the gas station.
3. noun, slang Nude flesh, especially the breasts or thighs. Come on, toots, lift up your skirt and show us some skin!
4. noun, informal In video games, an alternate appearance for a character within the game. The game is free, so the developers make their money by selling various skins for a few dollars a pop.
5. adjective, slang Of, depicting, or related to nudity or pornography. They sell skin magazine that are kept on a rack hidden behind black paper. The movie theater used to show skin flicks and exploitation films back in the '70s.
6. verb, dated slang To cheat or swindle (someone). The con man skinned them for nearly $10,000.
1. noun, slang A neo-Nazi or other white supremacist who indicates association with such a group by having a bald or shaved head. The man reported to police that he had been beaten by a group of skinheads outside of his apartment in the early hours of the morning.
2. adjective, slang Of or indicating such a person or group. After yet another skinhead rally in the state this weekend, activists are calling on officials to deny permits to hate groups.
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1. n. a dollar bill. This ticket cost me a couple of skins—and it’s not worth it. You got a skin for the tollbooth?
2. and skinhead n. someone with a shaved or bald head. (Some such persons may also engage in political violence.) Who’s the skinhead with the earrings?
3. tv. to cheat or overcharge someone. The guy who sold me this car really skinned me.
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