BY THE SKIN OF MY TEETH.

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@Kandae11 (19933)
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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@IreneVincent (13975)
• United States
10 Aug
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."
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
Thank you for this information. I have used that expression so many times and today I learn how it came about - and it's not like I don't read the Bible.
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• United States
10 Aug
@Kandae11 It's easy to miss something in the Bible, especially if it's only mentioned one time.
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
@IreneVincent To be honest, I know the story of Job, but I never fully read the Book - just a few chapters here and there.
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@LadyDuck (103836)
• Switzerland
10 Aug
I cannot say that I really like challenges, but many times I succeed "by the skin of my teeth".
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
For me it depends on the sort of challenge - I dislike the challenge with my internet but I like the challenge of achieving a goal. Sometimes too, we have to 'roll with the punches'.
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@LadyDuck (103836)
• Switzerland
10 Aug
@Kandae11 There are days we multitask too much, too many goals to reach.
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
@LadyDuck You are so right.
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@buenavida (7345)
• Sweden
10 Aug
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..
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
I've used it so often but I have never really considered its roots until @IreneVincent brought it to my attention in her response. Thank you for sharing, I have learned something today.
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@buenavida (7345)
• Sweden
10 Aug
@Kandae11 Thanks to you..You made me do more research about about Job!
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• United States
10 Aug
Yes, I work best under pressure. I never understood how that expression originated, I knew what it meant but who said it first and why???
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
I used it quite a bit without knowing where it actually came from - but through this discussion I was enlightened by @IreneVincent and @buenavida
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• United States
10 Aug
I searched twice though your comment and could not find a comment from either of these people, so am still in the dark.
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
@Jeanniemaries That is strange, they are both there. In fact I rechecked them to print the names correctly. Look again.
@sabtraversa (6817)
• Italy
10 Aug
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.
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
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.
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• Italy
10 Aug
@Kandae11 I hope your internet improves as much as I am, I'm feeling better than yesterday and hopefully worse than tomorrow. A new internet rant discussion should fix the problem then, worth the experiment I guess.
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
@sabtraversa Nothing beats a try.
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@Oshobu (489)
• Nigeria
13 Aug
All the success I've encountered, I can say its just through the skin of my teeth be cause after every success, I always discover that I don't deserve it, I don't do up to the requirement needed to succeed in that field.
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@Kandae11 (19933)
13 Aug
You deserve it, because you achieved it - even if - by the skin of your teeth.
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@Oshobu (489)
• Nigeria
14 Aug
@Kandae11 Hmmm. Yeah ... Thanks
• Eugene, Oregon
11 Aug
Fairly often, yes. Sorry that you have such poor internet there. I am having trouble keeping up lately with other things happening. I am gone for the next two days to visit my daughter.
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@Kandae11 (19933)
11 Aug
Enjoy your visit with your daughter - and I'll be around when you get back.
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• Eugene, Oregon
11 Aug
@Kandae11 Glad to hear that.
@RubyHawk (16701)
• Atlanta, Georgia
11 Aug
Yes. I do sometimes just make it by the skin of my teeth but I don't like to push it that close.
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@Kandae11 (19933)
11 Aug
Same here - that close can be nerve wracking.
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@RubyHawk (16701)
• Atlanta, Georgia
12 Aug
• Lakewood, Colorado
10 Aug
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.
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
I've been sleeping my way for over three decades, I doubt I will be changing the pattern.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
10 Aug
@Kandae11 Yes sleep is vital.
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@bluesa (8530)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
10 Aug
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.
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
I don't like untidy settings. you pay for a service, you should receive it.
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@bluesa (8530)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
10 Aug
@Kandae11 I agree. I am not at all impressed either.
10 Aug
I am sorry to hear about your Internet issues. I hope you reach payout. I challenge myself every day in various things, but not on Mylot earnings.
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
Indeed we face challenges every day - in our offline lives mostly. And overcoming those challenges can be very satisfying.
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10 Aug
@Kandae11 Yes, it is!
@Freelanzer (5486)
• Canada
11 Aug
Sure hope you get better internet service soon.I am sure I have been in those situations many times
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@Kandae11 (19933)
13 Aug
Thankfully, I am beginning to see some improvement.
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@FayeHazel (7332)
• United States
11 Aug
I like challenges if they are not too stressful. Nice expression - seeing as I just lost my first tooth as an adult
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@Kandae11 (19933)
11 Aug
I would prefer to bypass the stressful ones too.
@allknowing (54553)
• India
11 Aug
For me challenges are my lifeline. What is life without challenges I convert every adversity into a challenge.
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@Kandae11 (19933)
11 Aug
Challenges keep us on the move.
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@andriaperry (22566)
• Anniston, Alabama
11 Aug
Yes I like a good challenge, I have before made it by the skin of my teeth.
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@Kandae11 (19933)
11 Aug
What counts is that you made it.
@DianneN (50144)
• United States
10 Aug
Please don't give up your sleep patterns for us! Just do what you can. I have no more need of challenges, just little goals. Many times I have succeeded by the skin of my teeth. lol
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
I was checking alternatives, but I know it would be hard to change my sleep pattern after all these years. I believe something else will work out. I need the internet for other things too - apart from Mylot.
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@Gillygirl (14768)
• Sutton, England
10 Aug
It must be so annoying to have such bad reception. Yes I sometimes make payout by the skin of my teeth.
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
Today is much better than yesterday - I hope it doesn't regress , but keeps on improving.
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@nanette64 (11320)
• Fairfield, Texas
10 Aug
Just taking care of all the critters pretty much fits that statement @Kandae11 .
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
It does?
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@just4him (76246)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Aug
I hope your Internet company improves soon. I'm sure you're not the only person complaining to them about it. I love challenges, and always succeed at them because I keep working at it until I do.
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
That's the spirit.
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@LoriAMoore (12200)
• United States
10 Aug
It;s like a horse winning a race "by a nose" - just barely!
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@Kandae11 (19933)
10 Aug
Oh yes - that's a very good one.
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