by the skin of one's teeth

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Etymology[edit]

  • From the Bible Job 19.20. "My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh. I have escaped by the skin of my teeth."

Prepositional phrase[edit]

by the skin of one's teeth

  1. (idiomatic) barely; closely; by a narrow margin; with nothing to spare.
    I passed the test by the skin of my teeth.

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