Meaning of cleanskin in English:

cleanskin

Pronunciation /ˈklːnskɪn/

noun

informal
  • 1British A person who does not have an existing criminal record or who has not attracted the attention of police or security forces.

    • ‘intelligence officials have been concerned for some time about the threat posed by cleanskins’
    • ‘He was presented to the jury as a cleanskin: he had no criminal involvement whatsoever in these matters.’
    • ‘The threat comes from cleanskins, individuals with no training and no previous involvement in militancy.’
    • ‘He had never been arrested in Northern Ireland; he was viewed as a 'cleanskin' whose fingerprints had not been taken by the RUC.’
    • ‘The crime families that formerly controlled the drugs trade in Britain have been ousted by a new breed of cleanskin individuals with no criminal record.’
    • ‘It was a classic jailhouse romance: a manipulative crook grooming a "cleanskin" woman so she would front for him to obtain guns, cars and rental properties.’
    • ‘If the intelligence is correct, then the gang were far from being the 'isolated individuals' or 'cleanskins' described by Britain's major news company.’
    • ‘The realisation that British cleanskins are prepared to carry out such attacks has transformed the way this country will have to view security.’
  • 2

    (also clearskin)
    Australian, New Zealand An animal that has not been branded with the owner's mark.

    • ‘Delacy began the trapping and branding of cleanskin cattle’
    • ‘She was not a cleanskin; the Mirramilla brand was on her rump.’
    • ‘Cattle-stealing — rounding up someone else's clean-skin cattle and branding them as your own — was a way of doing business in the early days.’
    • ‘Occasionally, producers use helicopter musters in some areas if they feel there are sufficient clean skin cattle to pay for the helicopter.’
    • ‘There were mobs of cleanskin cattle running around but we never touched 'em.’
    • ‘There were hundreds of them in the seldom disturbed back country of the big runs: wild cleanskin cows, and bulls with murder in their heart and absolutely no fear of man.’
  • 3Australian, New Zealand A bottle of wine whose label does not identify the producer, typically sold at a low price.

    • ‘Steve bought a cleanskin ($16) from the local tavern’
    • ‘Palombo holds a cleanskin Shiraz bottle which will be ready for sale in August.’
    • ‘The narrator is somewhat sardonic about his guests and is perhaps influenced by the three whiskies he's had and the cleanskin he's finishing up with.’
    • ‘He arranged cold meats and cheeses for our lunches, as well as discovering a special deal on cleanskin wines, which turned out to be a good bargain.’
    • ‘Got a bit drunk on a fine cleanskin Roche Shiraz.’
    • ‘This is a business dedicated to offering premium cleanskin wines, from Australia's finest wine regions.’
    • ‘Related, but not as upmarket, are cleanskin wines, where wine is packaged in unbranded bottles and sold below the normal price.’
    • ‘They will also trial a ban on cask wine greater than two litres, alcoholic energy drinks and "super-cheap" cleanskin wines.’
    • ‘Visitors can taste from the barrels of more than 40 wines, including current releases and previously unreleased cleanskins.’