banana skin


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banana skin

n
1. (Plants) Also called: banana peel the soft outer covering of a banana
2. informal something unforeseen that causes an obvious and embarrassing mistake
[sense 2 from the common slapstick joke of a person slipping after treading on a banana skin]
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Noun1.banana skin - the skin of a banana (especially when it is stripped off and discarded)banana skin - the skin of a banana (especially when it is stripped off and discarded); "he slipped on a banana skin and almost fell"
peel, skin - the rind of a fruit or vegetable
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Translations

banana skin

n (also) (fig) → buccia di banana
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References in classic literature ?
This very dapper but dwarfish figure, with the spike of black beard carried insolently forward, the clever unrestful eyes, the neat but very nervous fingers, could be none other than the man just described to him: Isidore Smythe, who made dolls out of banana skins and match-boxes; Isidore Smythe, who made millions out of undrinking butlers and unflirting housemaids of metal.
The Reds boss believes the match against the Saints was the "biggest banana skin in history" but it was thanks to his "outstanding boys" all three points and the spoils were heading back to Anfield.
As a willing but sporadic Munro bagger - on average one every two years - I hate the thought that a banana skin dropped today will still be there if I make it up a mountain in a few years' time.
DUBLIN attacker David Treacy has refused to label their All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final clash with Laois a 'banana skin' game, insisting it's a genuine 50-50 clash.
He said: "Scotland would take having two home games to start with and Italy first up but it is a potential banana skin.
A UK Cypriot Tottenham fan was handed a four-year football banning order after he pleaded guilty of throwing a banana skin at Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during a match, it was reported on Tuesday.
London: A football fan has been arrested after a banana skin was thrown onto the pitch at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrated scoring a penalty in front of Tottenham fans.
FRANKIE Bunn believes Maidstone United are a potential banana skin in the FA Cup, despite the non-league side struggling in the National Conference.
It's interesting to know that Japanese farmers have invented edible banana skins in banana farms by using a new 'freeze thaw awakening method' to have banana skin softer ("Appeeling?
But Remain hit back by suggesting the Tory MP "doesn't give a monkey's" about British families and claimed sticking to the facts is "proving a real banana skin".
"Now I'm going to get that chance, albeit inside a huge banana skin. After a string of injuries I couldn't face not running the marathon, so I have registered to break the Guinness world record for 'the fastest marathon runner dressed as a fruit.'.