| a chip on the shoulder||If someone has a chip on the shoulder, they feel resentful because they feel they are being treated unfairly, especially because of their background, their sex or their colour.|
|give someone the cold shoulder||To give someone the cold shoulder means to deliberately ignore them.|
After giving my opinion, he gave me the cold shoulder.
|old head on young shoulders||This expression is used to refer to a child or young person who thinks and expresses themselves like an older more-experienced person.|
When she heard Emily warning her little brother to stay our of trouble, her mum thought : “That’s an old head on young shoulders”.
|rub shoulders||If you rub shoulders with someone, you have an opportunity to meet and talk to a person who is wealthy, famous or distinguished.|
In her job in public relations, she sometimes rubs shoulders with famous people.
|shoulder surfing||The practice of looking over somebody’s shoulder when they are using a computer, cash dispenser or other electronic device, in order to obtain personal information (identification, account number, password, etc.) is called shoulder-surfing.|
|put your shoulder to the wheel||If you put your shoulder to the wheel, you start putting a lot of effort into a difficult task.|
We’ll have to put our shoulders to the wheel to get the store ready for the opening day.
|skin a cat||The expression ‘there’s more than one way to skin a cat’ means that there are many different ways of achieving something.|
How about trying a different method? There’s more than one way to skin a cat you know!
|skin someone alive||If you are angry and threaten to skin someone alive, you mean that you are going to punish them severely.|
If that kid damages my again, I’ll skin him alive!
|(no) skin off one’s nose||To use this expression means that you don’t care if something happens.|
It’s no skin off my nose if he doesn’t accept the invitation – I don’t care one way or another.
|by the skin of your teeth||To do something by the skin of our teeth means that you just manage to do it, but that you almost fail.|
He passed the driving test by the skin of his teeth!
|jump out of one’s skin||If you jump out of your skin, you are extremely surprised or shocked.|
Jane nearly jumped out of her skin when the horse put its head through the kitchen window!
|all skin and bone||If someone is all skin and bone, they are very thin or too thin.|
After trekking in the Himalayas, he was all skin and bone.
|(put) skin in the game||If you put skin in the game, you show your confidence in a company by making a considerable investment or a financial commitment.|
I got good news today. Apparently a serious investor is willing to put skin in the game.
|send a shiver down someon’s spine||If something sends a shiver down your spine, it makes you feel anxious, nervous or excited.|
That song always sends a shiver down my spine.