skin job n. 1
a skin transplant (esp. for the purpose of changing or concealing one’s identity); cosmetic surgery performed on the skin
[after nose job (1947 in OED)]
Man I know, his dead mother-in-law tracked him down through three aliases, a Transplant and a complete skin job.
Time Killer in Galaxy Nov. 108/1
I like to get a three- or four-day skin job as much as the next person, but I get tired of it.
Wizard (1986) 35
Remember, he is still brilliant; he gets back to the skin job and makes a very presentable version of his old face.
Flay Acting in Punch 21 Nov. 45/1
Venn managed to crawl away, but the kids caught him and torched him…. When the judgement in the civil suit came in, most of it went to pay for Venn’s skin-job.
Night on Bare Mountain in D. Garnett New Worlds 391
In Les yeux sans visage, female identity is a medical construction, as essential and fragile as the surgical ‘skin job’ that creates it.
Cutting Edge: Art Horror & the Horrific Avant Garde 80
She’s had a cosmetic skin job, too, apparently to accentuate the impression she already gives of a person one should not, under any circumstances, mess with. It has given her blockish features a bright and metallic gold tint.
Stab of the Knife in Analog Science Fiction & Fact July–Aug. 22/1
Research HistorySuggested, and several cites supplied by, Bill Mullins.
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