BY THE SKIN OF MY TEETH.
August 10, 2017 7:37am CST
What does the expression "by the skin of one's teeth" mean?. It means barely succeeding in something - only just making it. And that will be my situation at the end of this month - if I make the minimum payout at all - it will be by "the skin of my teeth". I wrote about the internet problems I have been experiencing over the past three months which make it difficult for me to be here as often as I would like - and since posting that discussion, there has been no improvement. I think the internet system in my area is overburdened - and unless the Company moves forward quickly with upgrades I really don't see it getting any better. One good thing I have discovered is that I get a better reception during non peak hours. However capitalizing on that fact would mean that I must disrupt my usual sleep pattern which is - early to bed, early to rise- and Mylot during the late night, early morning hours. I hope I won't really have to do that - and there is a change for the better soon. I am not desperate, but I like the challenge of sweeping past the minimum every month end. Do you like challenges? Do you often succeed in things "by the skin of your teeth"?
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• United States
That expression "the skin of my teeth" actually came from the Bible and scientists have proven that your teeth DO have a sort of "skin" on them. Job 19:20 says: "To my skin and to my flesh my bones actually cleave, and I escape with "the skin of my teeth."
I've read about the explanaition of this expression a long time ago, when studying Job's book.. It may have been a common expression in his time.??. Had to check my New World Bible translation.. Job's book was written by Moses about 1473 BCE in the desert..
That's a curious expression, here we say "by a hair", shorter at least. I haven't made the dollar yet this month, but that's been lack of will and being sick. Crooked internet sucks, but it's worth changing sleep patterns for the Almighty myLot. I would do it myself. I like challenges as well, but they tend to be stressful. I'm not sure I want to be stressed this month.
Some challenges I would accept - certainly not all. Anyway, I mentioned this when I was responding on another discussion - strangely enough - after posting this discussion, the internet has cut out only twice! - I would say that is a big improvement. I only hope it keeps up, because I much prefer to sleep at night. Hope you are feeling better now.
• Lakewood, Colorado
I would not disturb the little sleep I get for here no haha. I am so sorry this internet is still not good for you there Kandase. Wish they could fix it. Not as a rule, I try to overcome issues before the last minute.
• Johannesburg, South Africa
Sorry you're still having problems with your internet. I know how frustrating that is because I am having a lot of trouble with Wi-Fi and I think I might not reach my goal here either this month. I hope things improve all around.
I guess it means making a deadline or accomplishing something by not too much as the skin of the teeth is very thin or small. I think I remember reading that the saying comes from the Bible. Did you ever hear that? Sorry to hear that you are still having problems with your internet.