One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who skins animals or prepares skins.
- ‘I've decided to become a skinner & a leatherworker as well as a hunter.’
- ‘All those skinners, dyers, bakers, masons, weavers and hammermen seemed to be mocking us now.’
- ‘His crew of skinners, butchers and sausage makers handle thousands of whitetails each season.’
- ‘This would mean that participants could qualify as chefs, skinners, trackers or professional hunters and be recognised for their skills.’
- ‘Before nightfall, another ranch hand, a jerkline skinner named Slim, presented the childlike Lennie with a puppy from his dog's litter.’
- ‘For example, the advertised possum skinner went away to Auckland and no one knew when or if he was coming back.’
- ‘Bullwhackers and mule skinners hated camels and dreaded meeting them on the trail.’
- 1.1 A person who deals in animal skins; a furrier.
- ‘He had come far since his birth in Pollokshaws in 1735, the son of a humble skinner.’
- ‘The rest of the white men present were skinners, cooks, bartenders, blacksmiths, clerks, and wagon drivers.’
2Australian NZ Horse racing
informal A horse that wins a race at very long odds.
- ‘‘Well, you'd better fatten up them skinners or all you'll get from the apple will be the core,’ was the quick rejoinder.’
- 2.1 A result that is very profitable to bookmakers.
3variant spelling of skinder
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