Definition of have a thick (or thin) skin in US English:

have a thick (or thin) skin

phrase

  • Be insensitive (or oversensitive) to criticism or insults.

    • ‘There's no point in having a thin skin in this game.’
    • ‘I have a thick skin, but when your family members get affected by it, it's time to leave.’
    • ‘The Olympic association and other officials seem to have a thick skin.’
    • ‘‘I realise that I will not be on the Christmas card list in Badenoch and Strathspey this year but I have a thick skin,’ he said.’
    • ‘Chairmen and chief executives need to have a thick skin and take justified criticism of their companies in the way it is intended.’
    • ‘I have a thick skin, but I constantly ‘feel’ like I'm offending everyone.’
    • ‘Del Ponte dismissed the criticism: ‘He who does not have a thick skin should choose another field of work,’ she said.’
    • ‘It's a good job I have a thick skin is all I can say, the abuse was substantial and relentless.’
    • ‘I don't have a thick skin naturally, but I've had to at times.’
    • ‘Let me begin by stating that I am a human being although I have a thick skin.’