skin in the game

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Attributed by some to Warren Buffett, but Buffett "refuses all responsibility for the viral spread" of the phrase. [1]


skin in the game (uncountable)

  1. (idiomatic) A stake; something at risk, especially with regard to money and investments.
    • 1992 June 18, Associated Press, “Perot's campaign is wary of fund-raising operations”, in The Sun[1], San Bernardino, CA, page 22:
      [Ross] Perot has told people they can send $5 if they want to have "some skin in the game" but he does not actively solicit contributions and says he will finance his own campaign.


  1. ^ "Language: Who's got a skin in the game?" New York Times (US). September 17, 2006; retrieved 2011-08-08

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