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skin-deep

[skin-deep] /ˈskɪnˈdip/
adjective
1.
superficial or slight; not profound or substantial:
Their sincerity is only skin-deep.
adverb
2.
slightly; superficially:
He went into the subject only skin-deep.
Origin of skin-deep
1605-1615
1605-15
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  • We only scratch Nature skin-deep, and her wealds will devour our black countries.

    Northern Spain Edgar T. A. Wigram
  • Beauty is only skin-deep, but the nerves lie very near to the skin.

  • Grace may be but skin-deep—very pleasant and attractive, and yet very heartless.

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • It is but the exterior sign of good conduct, but may be no more than skin-deep.

    Character Samuel Smiles
  • Tom had always had a sort of instinct that East's levity was only skin-deep, and this instinct was a true one.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays Thomas Hughes
  • Yet one ought to do him the justice to say that his vanity was only skin-deep.

    Voltaire John Morley
  • It is only later in life that ces demoiselles begin to find that their neighbour's beauty is but skin-deep.

    The Isle of Unrest Henry Seton Merriman
  • An address is only skin-deep, after all; besides, Streatham is pretty.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • But their faith is as indelible as the pigment which colors the skin, even though it is skin-deep.

British Dictionary definitions for skin-deep

skin-deep

adjective
1.
superficial; shallow
adverb
2.
superficially
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