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