thick skin

Idioms & Phrases

thick skin

Insensitivity to criticism or insult, as in You can tell him exactly what you think of his new piece; unlike most composers he has a thick skin. This term transfers an impervious outer coating to mental or emotional toughness. [Mid-1500s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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