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jump out of your skin Informal

Meaning: You jump out of your skin when something suddenly shocks you and your whole body jumps.

For example:

  • Luke was watching the clouds pass in front of the moon when I quietly snuck up behind him and tapped him on the shoulder. He screamed and nearly jumped out of his skin!

  • Ollie didn't know I was making some toast, and when it suddenly popped up just as he was walking past he jumped out of his skin. It was really funny!

Quick Quiz:

Henry was walking through the forest, and he jumped out of his skin when
  1. he saw many trees were cut down
  2. his friend told a funny joke
  3. a snake fell on his head

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