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thin-skinned

[thin-skind] /ˈθɪnˈskɪnd/
adjective
1.
having a thin skin.
2.
sensitive to criticism, reproach, or rebuff; easily offended; touchy:
a thin-skinned poet.
Origin of thin-skinned
1590-1600
1590-1600
Synonyms
2. squeamish, soft, susceptible.
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  • He would have described his own weakness as caused, perhaps, by a too thin-skinned sensitiveness.

    The Eustace Diamonds Anthony Trollope
  • You must remember that you have this disadvantage: you and your kind are thin-skinned.

    Jewel Weed Alice Ames Winter
  • The thin-skinned nectarines are damaged most by the insect but peaches are attacked rather freely.

    The Peaches of New York U. P. Hedrick
  • He is so thin-skinned that he could not shake the creature into the dust as you would have done.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
  • Others spring up into thin-skinned plants, and the first frost nips them.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • He was so thin-skinned that any counsel offered to him took the form of criticism.

    The Prime Minister Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for thin-skinned

thin-skinned

adjective
1.
sensitive to criticism or hints; easily upset or affected
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Slang definitions & phrases for thin-skinned

think one's shit doesn't stink

verb phrase

To be very conceited; be stuck up and self-impressed: The way she looks down her nose you know she thinks her shit doesn't stink (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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