Definition of cleanskin in English:



  • 1British A person who does not have an existing criminal record or who has not attracted the attention of police or security forces.

    ‘intelligence officials have been concerned for some time about the threat posed by cleanskins’
    • ‘It was a classic jailhouse romance: a manipulative crook grooming a "cleanskin" woman so she would front for him to obtain guns, cars and rental properties.’
    • ‘He was presented to the jury as a cleanskin: he had no criminal involvement whatsoever in these matters.’
    • ‘He had never been arrested in Northern Ireland; he was viewed as a 'cleanskin' whose fingerprints had not been taken by the RUC.’
    • ‘If the intelligence is correct, then the gang were far from being the 'isolated individuals' or 'cleanskins' described by Britain's major news company.’
    • ‘The realisation that British cleanskins are prepared to carry out such attacks has transformed the way this country will have to view security.’
    • ‘The threat comes from cleanskins, individuals with no training and no previous involvement in militancy.’
    • ‘The crime families that formerly controlled the drugs trade in Britain have been ousted by a new breed of cleanskin individuals with no criminal record.’
  • 2Australian NZ An animal that has not been branded with the owner's mark.

    [as modifier] ‘Delacy began the trapping and branding of cleanskin cattle’
    • ‘Cattle-stealing — rounding up someone else's clean-skin cattle and branding them as your own — was a way of doing business in the early days.’
    • ‘There were hundreds of them in the seldom disturbed back country of the big runs: wild cleanskin cows, and bulls with murder in their heart and absolutely no fear of man.’
    • ‘Occasionally, producers use helicopter musters in some areas if they feel there are sufficient clean skin cattle to pay for the helicopter.’
    • ‘There were mobs of cleanskin cattle running around but we never touched 'em.’
    • ‘She was not a cleanskin; the Mirramilla brand was on her rump.’
  • 3Australian NZ A bottle of wine whose label does not identify the producer, typically sold at a low price.

    ‘Steve bought a cleanskin ($16) from the local tavern’
    • ‘Visitors can taste from the barrels of more than 40 wines, including current releases and previously unreleased cleanskins.’
    • ‘The narrator is somewhat sardonic about his guests and is perhaps influenced by the three whiskies he's had and the cleanskin he's finishing up with.’
    • ‘Got a bit drunk on a fine cleanskin Roche Shiraz.’
    • ‘They will also trial a ban on cask wine greater than two litres, alcoholic energy drinks and "super-cheap" cleanskin wines.’
    • ‘Palombo holds a cleanskin Shiraz bottle which will be ready for sale in August.’
    • ‘He arranged cold meats and cheeses for our lunches, as well as discovering a special deal on cleanskin wines, which turned out to be a good bargain.’
    • ‘This is a business dedicated to offering premium cleanskin wines, from Australia's finest wine regions.’
    • ‘Related, but not as upmarket, are cleanskin wines, where wine is packaged in unbranded bottles and sold below the normal price.’