One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be extremely startled.‘I nearly jumped out of my skin when Guy fired his revolver’
start, jerk, jolt, flinch, recoil, twitch, winceView synonyms
- ‘When the doorbell rang, I nearly jumped out of my skin.’
- ‘I nearly jumped out of my skin as my cell phone rang.’
- ‘The clock struck midnight, and half of us jumped out of our skin.’
- ‘She stretched again and yawned, nearly jumping out of her skin when someone knocked on her door.’
- ‘Then the plane started shaking and I nearly jumped out of my skin.’
- ‘Suddenly I felt a hand on my shoulder, and nearly jumped out of my skin.’
- ‘He continued looking around for a moment, then nearly jumped out of his skin as someone tapped him on the shoulder.’
- ‘He turned to get a drink and nearly jumped out of his skin at the sight of Meredith.’
- ‘I stopped singing suddenly, nearly jumping out of my skin when someone put their hand on my shoulder.’
- ‘Abby jumped out of her skin and nearly screamed.’
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