soaked to the skin

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soaked to the skin

Extremely or completely wet, especially through one's clothing. I can't believe you pushed me into the pool! Now I have to walk home soaked to the skin! The kids let themselves get soaked to the skin out in the rain, and now one of them is coming down with a cold.
See also: skin, soak

soaked to the skin

wet clear through one's clothing to the skin. I was caught in the rain and got soaked to the skin. oh, come in and dry off! You must be soaked to the skin.
See also: skin, soak

soaked to the skin

Also, soaked through. Drenched, extremely wet, as in What a downpour; I'm soaked to the skin, or She fell in the stream and was soaked through. The implication in this idiom implies that water has penetrated one's clothing, so one is thoroughly wet. The phrase to the skin has been so used since about 1600; it and the variant were combined in Randle Cotgrave's Dictionary (1611) as "Wet through, or (as we say) to the skin."
See also: skin, soak

soaked to the skin

Wet through. Actually, this term began life as wet to the skin, and Cotgrave’s Dictionary of 1611 stated it as “Wet through, or (as we say) to the skinne.” It implies that this condition was not sought out. The current cliché has alliterative appeal and so is the more common version, at least in America.
See also: skin, soak
References in classic literature ?
The stair carpet was ruffled and discoloured where I had crouched, soaked to the skin from the thunderstorm the night of the catastrophe.
But the weather was bad, the roads were heavy with mud, he was overtaken by a storm of rain, and ere he could find shelter he was soaked to the skin. He arrived at length at a friend's house wet and weary and shaking with fever.
He knew it existed, as we know that crime and abominations exist; he had heard of it as a peaceable citizen in a town hears of battles, famines, and floods, and yet knows nothing of what these things mean -- though, indeed, he may have been mixed up in a street row, have gone without his dinner once, or been soaked to the skin in a shower.
With no preliminary whisper or rustle, without a splash, and even with- out the ghost of impact, I became instantaneously soaked to the skin. Not a very difficult matter, since I was wearing only my sleeping suit.
I went down to the tent at 5am this morning just to make sure the two prizewinners were not sitting outside soaked to the skin. But they weren't, they were sleeping soundly."
He said they sent two teams to the area and saw a thin man, who was soaked to the skin, acting in a unusual manner.
That made our experience even worse than being soaked to the skin waiting to get in.
Rescuers said Ian Mackay, who was soaked to the skin, was lucky to be alive after his lightweight vessel overturned in a choppy Moray Firth.
For the third year in a row I've had the pleasure of covering this great meeting and for the third consecutive year, I have been soaked to the skin.
Giovanni said: "My waiters were soaked to the skin looking all over Venice for white truffles, which they found.
A playful water fight, which Daniel started, soon turned into a major battle which left them both soaked to the skin.
One pupil said: "The rain was extremely heavy and we were soaked to the skin. Teachers were running around telling us to get under the sports hall roof as quickly as possible."
You actually got soaked to the skin. Although the weather was cold, all the competitors who took part were prepared to be wetter and colder to compete in the run which was quite difficult.