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The fine line between roaring with laughter and crying because it's a disaster is a very, very fine line. You see a chap slip on a banana skin in the street and you roar with laughter when he falls slap on his backside. If in doing so you suddenly see he's broken a leg, you very quickly stop laughing and it's not a joke anymore.
Roald Dahl

Meaning of "banana skin" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD BANANA SKIN

Sense 2 from the common slapstick joke of a person slipping after treading on a banana skin.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF BANANA SKIN

banana skin play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF BANANA SKIN

noun
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adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Banana skin is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES BANANA SKIN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

banana skin

Banana peel

A banana peel, known as a banana skin in British English, is the outer covering of the banana fruit. As bananas, whether eaten raw or cooked, are a popular fruit consumed worldwide, with yearly production over 145 million tonnes in 2011, there is a significant amount of banana peel waste being generated as well. Banana peels are used as feedstock as they have some nutritional value. Banana peels are widely used for that purpose on small farms in regions where bananas are grown. There are some concerns over the impact of tannins contained in the peels on animals that consume them. Banana peels are used as feedstock for cattle, goats, pigs, poultry, rabbits, fish and several other species. The specific nutrition contained in peel depends on the stage of maturity and the cultivar; for example plantain peels contain less fibre than dessert banana peels, and lignin content increases with ripening. On average, banana peels contain 6-9% dry matter of protein and 20-30% fibre. Green plantain peels contain 40% starch that is transformed into sugars after ripening. Green banana peels contain much less starch when green while ripe banana peels contain up to 30% free sugars.

Definition of banana skin in the English dictionary

The definition of banana skin in the dictionary is the soft outer covering of a banana. Other definition of banana skin is something unforeseen that causes an obvious and embarrassing mistake.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE BANANA SKIN

banality
banalization
banalize
banally
banana
banana belt
Banana bender
banana boat
banana oil
banana peel
banana plug
banana prawn
banana republic
banana split
Bananalander
bananas
Banaras
Banat
banausian
banausic

WORDS THAT END LIKE BANANA SKIN

browser skin
combination skin
cowskin
foreskin
get under one´s skin
goldbeater´s skin
goose skin
hyson skin
jump out of one´s skin
lambskin
leopardskin
oilskin
Ruskin
sheepskin
skin
snakeskin
stressed skin
thick skin
thin skin
wolfskin

Synonyms and antonyms of banana skin in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «banana skin» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF BANANA SKIN

Find out the translation of banana skin to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of banana skin from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «banana skin» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

香蕉皮
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

piel de plátano
570 millions of speakers

English

banana skin
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

केला त्वचा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

قشرة موز
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

банановая кожура
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

casca de banana
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কলা চামড়া
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

peau de banane
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Kulit pisang
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Bananenschale
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

バナナの皮
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

바나나 피부
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kulit pisang
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

vỏ chuối
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வாழை தோல்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

केळी त्वचा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

muz kabuğu
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

buccia di banana
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

banan skóry
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

бананова шкірка
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

banana piele
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

το δέρμα της μπανάνας
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

piesang vel
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

bananskal
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

bananskall
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of banana skin

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «BANANA SKIN»

The term «banana skin» is regularly used and occupies the 82.228 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «BANANA SKIN» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about banana skin

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QUOTES WITH «BANANA SKIN»

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Roald Dahl
The fine line between roaring with laughter and crying because it's a disaster is a very, very fine line. You see a chap slip on a banana skin in the street and you roar with laughter when he falls slap on his backside. If in doing so you suddenly see he's broken a leg, you very quickly stop laughing and it's not a joke anymore.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «BANANA SKIN»

Discover the use of banana skin in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to banana skin and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Banana Skin ? Love Magic: Love Magic
Omanma s love had magically come to be through the hand of the banana skin. In the course of exploring her different roles in the book, we see several others who come into contact with her.
Udo Nwabueze Agomoh, 2012
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The Banana Skin Tango
Melvin is a stressed out executive with a broken marriage, a fading career and a nicely developing drink habit.
Martin Pilcher, 2008
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Banana Skin Chaos!
A little boy is about to throw a banana skin on the ground when his sister warns him of the disasters that will follow in this brilliant picture book of actions and consequences.
‎2011
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How to Fossilize Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments ...
In the skin, polyphenol oxidase breaks down naturally occurring phenols in the banana skin into substances similar in structure to the melanin found in suntanned human skin. So the browning starts sooner in refrigerated bananas because of ...
Mick O'Hare, 2008
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Laurel & Hardy
It's the banana-skin law of From Soup to Nuts, extended. Laughing Gravy has a virtual remake of this scene, with a dog instead of the goat, and there is something similar in Come Clean, and in Way out West — a comparatively late film, but ...
Charles Barr, 1968
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Edible & Medicinal Flowers
... banana skin and use the flowering bract, magenta in colour and spongy and crisp when young, as a heel guard, pressed into the shoe to ease cracks in the heel. In Hawaii the flowering bracts are boiled in twice the quantity of water with a  ...
‎2000
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Hers to Treasure
The man stopped directly under the tree, took up the banana skin he had dropped, and began to eat it. He watched the man as he made a happy meal ofthe skin ofthe banana he threw away. Then, whistling, the man who ate the banana skin ...
Gillian M. Henriques, 2011
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How to Fossilise Your Hamster: And other amazing experiments ...
Banana skin can blacken overnight as it softens and breaks down. The membranes that keep separate the contents of the various compartments inside a cell are essentially two layers of slippery fat molecules or lipids. Chill these membranes ...
New Scientist, 2010
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InfoMusa
Because of its thick skin, the unpeeled finger can be pressed and the flesh softened without the banana skin rupturing. The top of the finger is removed and children enjoy sucking out the contents, somewhat like eating an ice cream cone.
International Network for Improvement of Banana and Plantain, Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (Ede, Netherlands), International Development Research Centre (Canada)
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Bananas
In the future there will be bananas available, to match every imaginable taste: sugary, acidic... The banana flesh will be creamy white, or orange, the banana skin will be thick, or thin, a lemony yellow, or a golden yellow, and maybe even pink!

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «BANANA SKIN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term banana skin is used in the context of the following news items.
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Video: Robins was a 'banana skin' game for Anderson
HUDDERSFIELD Giants head coach Paul Anderson has targeted a win at champions St Helens on Friday and taking another step towards ... «Yorkshire Post, Jul 15»
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Wine of the week: Elizabeth Spencer Sauvignon Blanc – 2013
It doesn't hit you with banana skin and kiwi fruit; it steers you toward a great Sancerre but with some Californian sunshine. Recommended by: ... «The Journal News | LoHud.com, Jul 15»
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Huddersfield Giants won't be happy unless a top-four Super League …
“The most pleasing thing about beating Hull KR is that we've come off a week off and avoided a potential banana skin against a team who are ... «Huddersfield Examiner, Jul 15»
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Hurling qualifiers: Jimmy Barry-Murphy happy to stay in race after …
Everybody was saying it was going to be a 'banana skin' for us but I thought the lads approached the game very well," said Cork manager ... «Herald, Jul 15»
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JBM pleased to have got over Wexford 'banana skin'
Everybody was saying it was going to be a banana skin for us but I thought the lads approached the game very well." Cork took the game their ... «RTE.ie, Jul 15»
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Jamesie O'Connor: Tooled-up Tribesmen have all the weaponry to …
The challenge of Laois, which was a real banana skin, next time out was handled with aplomb. So, with three, rather than just one competitive ... «Irish Independent, Jul 15»
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Super League: Huddersfield 32-14 Hull KR
"We've come off a week off and it could've been a potential banana skin against a team who are doing well. "But we competed really well and, ... «BBC Sport, Jul 15»
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A beautiful place to die
"She brought me a banana skin," Beckett, now 59, told KTW in an interview in Kamloops jail. "She asked me, 'Where's your garbage?' I just kind ... «New Zealand Herald, Jul 15»
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Colm O'Neill: 'You just have to think of the bigger days'
“If we won by two points, six points or 20 points it was a potential banana skin and you're in a lose-lose situation. All you want to do is get out of ... «Irish Examiner, Jul 15»
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Europa League: Linfield beat NSI Runavik 2-0 in first leg
Linfield manager Warren Feeney: "It is a banana skin going into games like these and people do not realise how hard it is against side who are ... «BBC Sport, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Banana skin [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/banana-skin>. Aug 2019 ».
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