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skin an eel by the tail

To do something in an ill-advised way. Why are you skinning an eel by the tail? You know you can't back out of the driveway until you clear all that snow out of the way!
See also: by, eel, skin, tail

skin the bear at once

To address an issue directly. Primarily heard in US. A: "Jen means well, but she can be a little blunt." B: "Yeah, she tends to skin the bear at once." This is a big problem to tackle, so let's skin the bear at once, gentlemen—there's no time to waste.
See also: bear, once, skin

keep (one's) eye(s) peeled (for something or someone)

To remain vigilant or carefully watchful (for something or someone). They should be arriving any minute, so keep your eyes peeled. Keep your eye peeled for a birthday gift we could give your mother. Tell everyone to keep their eyes peeled for the health inspector. We heard she'll be doing a surprise inspection someday soon.
See also: keep, peel, something

skin (one) alive

To upbraid, scold, or punish one severely and with intense anger. My parents will skin us alive if they find out we took the car without telling them. If I find out who messed up the Jefferson account, I'll skin him alive!
See also: alive, skin

thick-skinned

Immune to or able to ignore the verbal attacks or criticisms of others. You have to be pretty thick-skinned if you want to be in the entertainment industry. For how much she mocks other people, you'd think she'd be a bit more thick-skinned than that.

thin-skinned

Emotionally susceptible to or unable to ignore the verbal attacks or criticisms of others. You can't be thin-skinned if you want to be in the entertainment industry. For how much she mocks other people, you wouldn't think she'd be so thin-skinned.

keep (one's) eye(s) skinned (for something or someone)

To remain vigilant or carefully watchful (for something or someone). They should be arriving any minute, so keep your eyes skinned. Keep your eye skinned for a birthday gift we could give your mother. Tell everyone to keep their eyes skinned for the health inspector. We heard she'll be doing a surprise inspection someday soon.
See also: keep, skinned, something

keep (one's) eye(s) open (for something or someone)

To remain vigilant or carefully watchful (for something or someone). They should be arriving any minute, so keep your eyes open. Keep your eye open for a birthday gift we could give your mother. Tell everyone to keep their eyes open for the health inspector. We heard she'll be doing a surprise inspection someday soon.
See also: keep, open, something

skin up

1. To scrape off the outer layer of skin (from something). A noun or pronoun can be used between "skin" and "up." I skinned up the palms of my hands when I fell off my bike. He skinned his elbow up when it scraped against the brick wall.
2. To hand roll a cigarette, especially one filled with cannabis. Hey man, you want to come by and skin up a little later? He always goes to his car on his lunch breaks to skin up.
See also: skin, up

*thick-skinned

Fig. not easily upset or hurt; insensitive. (The opposite of thin-skinned. Typically: be ~; become ~; grow ~.) Tom won't worry about your insults. He's completely thick-skinned. Jane's so thick-skinned she didn't realize Fred was being rude to her.

*thin-skinned

Fig. easily upset or hurt; sensitive. (The opposite of thick-skinned. Typically: be ~; become ~; grow ~.) You'll have to handle Mary's mother carefully. She's very thin-skinned. Jane weeps easily when people tease her. She's too thin-skinned.

keep one's eyes open

Also, keep one's eyes peeled or skinned . Be watchful and observant. For example, We should keep our eyes open for a change in the wind's direction, or Keep your eyes peeled for the teacher. The first phrase dates from the late 1800s; the second and third, both colloquial and alluding to the lids not covering the eyes, date from the mid-1800s and 1830s, respectively.
See also: eye, keep, open

keep your ˈeyes open/peeled/skinned (for somebody/something)

watch carefully (for somebody/something): Keep your eyes peeled, and if you see anything suspicious, call the police immediately.
See also: eye, keep, open, peel, skinned

skin up

v.
1. To bruise, cut, or injure the skin or surface of something: He fell off his skateboard and skinned up his knee. She slipped on the sidewalk and skinned her arm up.
2. To roll a cigarette: I pulled out a pouch of tobacco and skinned up.
See also: skin, up

thick-skinned

mod. able to withstand much criticism. (Compare this with thin-skinned.) You gotta be more thick-skinned if you want to be a cop.

thin-skinned

mod. sensitive to criticism. (Compare this with thick-skinned.) Don’t be so thin-skinned. You can’t expect everyone to like you.