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[thik-skind] /ˈθɪkˈskɪnd/
having a thick skin.
insensitive or hardened to criticism, reproach, rebuff, etc.
Origin of thick-skinned
1535-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for thick-skinned


insensitive to criticism or hints; not easily upset or affected
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