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Slang definitions & phrases for jump out of one's skin

jump out of one's skin

verb phrase

To react vehemently from joy or fear: If that promotion comes through, he'll jump out of his skin/ When it thundered she jumped out of her skin (1798+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with jump out of one's skin

jump out of one's skin

Be extremely startled or frightened. For example, When he crept up on me so quietly, I nearly jumped out of my skin. [ Early 1900s ]
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