Skin of my teeth

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Skin of my teeth (Hebrew: ע֣וֹר שִׁנָּֽי‘ō-wr šin-nāy) is a phrase from the Bible. In Job 19:20, the King James Version of the Bible says, "My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth." In the Geneva Bible, the phrase is rendered as "I have escaped with the skinne of my tethe."[1]

In modern times, "by the skin of my teeth" is used to describe a situation from which one has barely managed to escape.

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  1. ^ By the skin of your teeth. Last accessed 26 Feb 2012.

2. Idioms (first paragraph)