A to Z Quick Tok 22 | By the Skin of Your Teeth

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In this episode of The A to Z English Podcast, Jack explains the meaning of the idiomatic expression “by the skin of your teeth.”

The phrase “by the skin of your teeth” is an idiomatic expression that means narrowly avoiding a difficult or dangerous situation. It suggests that someone has barely managed to succeed or survive, often implying that the margin of success was extremely small or that luck played a significant role in the outcome. The phrase originates from the Book of Job in the Bible, where Job says, “My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth” (Job 19:20). Over time, this phrase has evolved into the more commonly used “by the skin of your teeth.”

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