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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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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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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.
Walkers have respectfully been asked to stop leaving banana skins and orange peel on our mountains, which can take years to decompose in cold temperatures and at altitude.
Rich Pyne, a founding member of clean-up group Real3Peaks Challenge said: "People come for beautiful views and leave behind a few banana skins.
Even by another name - the British call them banana skins - they pose a risk worth paying attention to.
From making eco-friendly coal out of banana skins to using poop to fuel cooking stoves, eco@africa has featured a host of greener alternatives to charcoal.
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?
Morgan insisted the shocking defeat would not lead to wholesale changes for a Scotland game on Monday that could be the banana skin of all banana skins.
"These are the sort of games when you expect to pick up points, but they can also be banana skins."
AMATEUR landlords across the West Midlands face a string of potential banana skins if they fail to play by the legal rule-book, says a regional expert.
I spend my life attempting and mostly failing to avoid banana skins, metaphorical and all too often literal, so discarding it on the pavement was not an option, even if I were the sort of numbskull who justifies dropping litter as "it keeps the street sweepers in work".
Regulation and political interference topped the list of risks among the global banking industry (No.1 and No.2 respectively) - replacing 2012's leading threat, the macro-economic environment, according to the Banking Banana Skins 2014Ci survey.
They are the favourites but there are always banana skins in every round and I'm just making sure our lads are recovered and ready for Gillingham on Saturday and when the cup comes back round we can throw that banana skin under Coventry and get through to the third round and get among the big boys."