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banana skin

the soft outer covering of a banana
(informal) something unforeseen that causes an obvious and embarrassing mistake
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sense 2 from the common slapstick joke of a person slipping after treading on a banana skin
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  • There was Myra who treated lovers like dogs and would slap them across the face with a banana skin to show her utter independence.

  • I heard of an old man who slipped on a banana skin and broke his leg.

    The Story of the Big Front Door Mary Finley Leonard
  • She wrapped up all this concoction in half a banana skin, and gave the specific to the little D'Aubigne.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • The monkey jumped down, and, snatching a banana skin, absorbed itself in picking it to shreds industriously.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
  • I've been down there to look, and--and the banana skin was there--all mashed.

    The Second Violin Grace S. Richmond
  • He was as polite, though, as a book agent, and as smooth as the business side of a banana skin.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Some careless youngster had thrown a banana skin on the walk.

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts Roy Rutherford Bailey
  • Lift one section of a banana skin, remove fruit, fill with any desired salad and replace section of skin.

    Games For All Occasions Mary E. Blain
  • Toward evening there was not a foot of Fair ground undecorated by a banana skin, a crust of bread, or a flying paper.

    The Making of Mary Jean Forsyth
  • Miss Kinross laid down her banana skin and rose to her feet, rapidly disarmed.

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