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What does by the skin of one's teeth mean?

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by the skin of one's teeth


The phrase by the skin of one's teeth is an idiomatic expression that means just barely; by a narrow margin.

In this idiom, reference is made to an imaginary skin on one's teeth. So if you do something by the skin of your teeth, you only just succeed in doing it by an amount equal to the thickness of that skin.


I passed the exam by the skin of my teeth.

This idiom is in the parts of the body category

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