Definition of under the skin in English:

under the skin


  • In reality, as opposed to superficial appearances.

    ‘he still believes that all women are goddesses under the skin’
    • ‘This well-crafted documentary probes under the skin of taxidermy and finds much more than glass eyes and straw.’
    • ‘And suddenly I think the tattooed man has got it wrong, and that we're not all the same under the skin.’
    • ‘Those more important things are easing under the skin of her characters and making sure she finds the right fit.’
    • ‘There is something chilling in the will for violence latent under the skin of our society - and it is not an appetite which should be fed.’
    • ‘We're in the tradition of journalists going out and trying to get under the skin of the country.’
    • ‘Air vents in the bonnet have also gone, another clue that things are different under the skin.’
    • ‘However, under the skin, there are more significant additions and upgrades.’