skin job n. 2
a robot that has skin; (spec.) an android that cannot easily be distinguished from a human
Chiefly associated with the 1982 film Blade Runner.
I got five skin jobs walking the streets. Ibid. A big fucking skin job put the smash on me, wrecked me up!
Blade Runner (film script, 23 Feb.)
1992 N-Force Nov. 21/3
Well in fact he’s never been away cos this is Arnie’s first outing on the SNES as a T800 Cyberdine Systems series 101 infiltration unit (skin job to you guys).
As the character Pete, a TV cameraman from (where else?) New York who first annoys and then charms Jolie, he exhibits so few genuine human emotions it’s clear he’s just a skin job from some other Edward Burns movie.
in Toronto Star 26 Apr. 3/2
This is a risky operation just to nail a couple dozen skin jobs. I mean, we can’t kill them. They’ll just download into a new body.
Downloaded (Battlestar Galactica episode) (transcript) 24 Feb.
He was with one of those skin jobs, the one they call D’Anna.
Six of One (Battlestar Galactica episode) (transcript) 11 Apr.
In the first scenes [of the movie Blade Runner 2049], K hunts one such model and kills him. Back at LAPD headquarters, the cops discuss the dead target; a technician dismisses him as a run-of-the-mill ‘skin job’ before mumbling sorry to another colleague who happens to be a replicant, too—just the way any office worker might apologize for a racist or sexist quip.
Globe & Mail (Toronto) 6 Oct. (electronic ed.)
Research HistorySuggested by Bill Mullins
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