Idiom – By the skin of your teeth

  • Idiom – By the skin of your teeth
  • Meaning – To only just succeed in doing something. To just barely do something; to succeed by the smallest of margin.
  • Teeth – of course – don’t actually have skin, so if you achieve something by the skin of your teeth you achieve it by the tiniest of margins.
Usage:

When could you use this idiom?

  • If a football team narrowly wins a match.
  • A student passes an exam by a very small margin.
  • Someone only just catches a train or plane.
  • A person just about manages to avoid danger.
Example:
  • “Real Madrid had a terrible second half but they managed to hold on to a victory by the skin of their teeth!”
In The News:

Intense footage shows how rally driver is saved by the skin of his teeth!

Discuss:
  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?
What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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