by the skin of one's teeth
phrasal by a very narrow margin

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • by the skin of one's teeth — {adv. phr.} By a narrow margin; with no room to spare; barely. * /The drowning man struggled, and I got him to land by the skin of my teeth./ * /She passed English by the skin of her teeth./ Compare: SQUEAK THROUGH, WITHIN AN ACE OF or WITHIN AN… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • by the skin of one's teeth — {adv. phr.} By a narrow margin; with no room to spare; barely. * /The drowning man struggled, and I got him to land by the skin of my teeth./ * /She passed English by the skin of her teeth./ Compare: SQUEAK THROUGH, WITHIN AN ACE OF or WITHIN AN… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • by the skin of one's teeth — ► by the skin of one s teeth by a very narrow margin. Main Entry: ↑skin …   English terms dictionary

  • by the skin of one's teeth — (ONLY) JUST, narrowly, by a hair s breadth, by a very small margin; informal by a whisker. → skin * * * by the skin of one s teeth see under ↑skin • • • Main Entry: ↑tooth * * * by a very narrow margin; barely I only got away by the skin o …   Useful english dictionary

  • by the skin of one's teeth — idi inf by the skin of one s teeth, by an extremely narrow margin; just barely …   From formal English to slang

  • by the skin of one's teeth — by a very small margin, only just, barely I made the application date for the job by the skin of my teeth. We were able to arrive in time for the train by the skin of our teeth …   Idioms and examples

  • by\ the\ skin\ of\ one's\ teeth — adv. phr. By a narrow margin; with no room to spare; barely. The drowning man struggled, and I got him to land by the skin of my teeth. She passed English by the skin of her teeth. Compare: squeak through, within an ace of or within an inch of …   Словарь американских идиом

  • by the skin of one's teeth —    If you manage to do something by the skin of your teeth, you succeed in doing it but you almost fail.     The traffic was so heavy I thought I d miss the train, but I caught it by the skin of my teeth …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • by the skin of one's teeth — he won, but only by the skin of his teeth Syn: (only) just, narrowly, barely, by a hair s breadth, by a very small margin; informal by a whisker …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • by the skin of one's teeth — adverb barely; closely; by a narrow margin; with nothing to spare. I passed the test by the skin of my teeth …   Wiktionary

  • by the skin of one's teeth — by a very narrow margin. → skin …   English new terms dictionary

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