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jump out of your skin

This page is about the idiom 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

a. he saw many trees were cut down

b. his friend told a funny joke

c. a snake fell on his head

Idiom of the Day

Contributor: Matt Errey