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the skinny

the skinny

Date: Jun 05 2003


1. Quote - Listen to the quote and guess what the slang means.

“Let’s get down to business. I want the skinny. How much training did you have to go through?”
- Justin Timberlake, talking to Jada Pinkett Smith about preparation for the Matrix films.


1. Definition - Study the definition.

the details, the truth, the real facts, the inside information

2. Use - Learn how the slang is used.

You can use “the skinny” to describe any information you really want. For example, if your friend has a secret and he’s not telling you, you can insist that he gives you “the skinny.” Or, if you want to ask someone for all of the information s/he knows about a certain topic, you can ask for “the skinny” on that topic.


1. Examples - Hear some example sentences.

””So what happened last night dude? How did your date go? Did you have a good time with Sandra? Give me the skinny.”“

””I got the skinny from Joseph. He says that Jeff is going to get fired next week. Jeff apparently did something to make the boss really mad.”“

””Stop talking about all of this fluff and just give me the skinny. I want to know exactly what happened to the car. Did you hit a tree or something?”“

””I can’t talk right now because my boss is in the office. I’ll call you later and give you the skinny.”“

””Give me the skinny on the math test. Was it really hard?”“


1. Winners - See who guessed the slang definition correctly.

the skinny: means the details
by DeSiDeRaTa (Elfaiha, Kuwait)
I guess “the skinny” means someone wants to get some inside information, or the real facts about something.
by jane (Beijing, China)
i think it means “the real thing”. when you are talking with someone and you want to know the true about somehing,, you say: tell me the “skinny thing”, the real thing.
by lizbeth (Puebla, Mexico)
He wants to get all the details about J. Pinket’s preparation.
by Gaby (São Paulo, Brasil)
I guess “the skinny” means someone wants to get some inside information, or the real fact about something.
by yan (Beijing, China)
I’m sure “the skinny” means that real fact and the inside informations.
by Audrey (Tianjin, China)
brief and clear
by tazeen (Montreal, Canada)
I think this slang means the inside information, news especially when confidential or little known; real facts. Such as, What’s the skinny on the new secretary in the front office?
by Sherry (Shenzen, China)
I think “I want the skinny” means – tell me the truth or in another words reveal the absolut truth.
by jana (Ráztoèno, Slovakia)
I guess the meaning of “skinny “is about someone’s privacy, or the detail or content of something, such as a business, a conversation, a meeting and so on. example :1,The new boss just was appointed. my colleagues already got the skinny of him; 2. what’s your new plan? i want to know the skinny. you will go to ShaiHai by air or by ship? who will accompany with you ?
by mary117 (DongGuan, China)
All the inside details that is everthing about it.
by Prakash (Hillsboro, USA)
inside information; the real facts
by michael (beijing, china)
The skinny maybe means a sort of information you want to know.
by Ming-yen (Taipei, Taiwan)
I think “the skinny” means the basic information.
by Tracy (Hong Kong, China)
i think may be the meaning of “please tell me the details what you had to train during the past time ”
by jolly (Shenzhen, China)

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