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Daemon
Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2017 12:00:00 AM
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jump in (one's) skin

To start or recoil, as from shock, surprise, or fear. More...

KSPavan
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jump in (one's) skin — To start or recoil, as from shock, surprise, or fear.
monamagda
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(idiomatic) To start with fright.  


1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, ch. 4:

The neighborhood, to our ears, seemed haunted by approaching footsteps; and what between the dead body of the captain on the parlor floor, and the thought of that detestable blind beggar hovering near at hand, and ready to return, there were moments when, as the saying goes, I jumped in my skin for terror.
Wilmar (USA)
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Perhaps this is a British idiom. In the US, it is "jumped out of my skin".
thar
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No, not British. Out of your skin.

Somehow, TFD manages to get all of these just slightly wrong, to something you would never say nowadays.
Not for up to 150 years, in this case. But at least it has attribution.

But it is true for so many. Just that bit off.
Like they are written by a non-native speaker who remembered it wrong.


It is truly perplexing.
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Posted: Thursday, July 27, 2017 2:03:32 PM
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Daemon wrote:
jump in (one's) skin

To start or recoil, as from shock, surprise, or fear. More...



First, one jumps in one's skin
Letting out the loudest scream.
Next, one jumps out of her skin
Better to escape the sudden din.
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