They won by the skin of their chinny chin chinPosted: May 17, 2016
The speaker blurted this beauty out when she was describing a really close baseball game in which the Pittsburgh Pirates ultimately prevailed. It is a mash up of “by the skin of their teeth” (just barely, narrowly) and “not by the hair on my chinny chin chin” (outright refusal to allow something). Of course, the latter phrase is a line from the nursery rhyme “The Three Little Pigs”, where the pig will not allow the wolf to come into the house. Skin and chin rhyme, and teeth, skin, and chin are all in the same general vicinity, hence the mix up I suppose. I think I will use this one for now on when there is a close call. A big thanks to Dan Fornadel who heard his wife utter this gem and passed it on.