1. skin or its products, whether human or otherwise.
(a) [17C+] the human skin, thus one’s life; esp. in phrs. like save one’s hide etc.
(b) [20C+] a person.
(c) [1930s–60s] (US) a horse.
(d) [1930s–70s] (jazz) drums.
(e) [1930s+] (US) a wallet.
2. by metonymy, as a woman or her body.
(a) [18C-19C] the female genitals; thus sexual intercourse.
(b) [20C+] (US) a woman, usu. considered as a sex object.
(c) [20C+] (US) an old crone, a hag, an ugly old woman.
(d) [1940s–50s] (US) an effeminate male homosexual.
3. [late 19C+] (usu. Aus./N.Z.) in fig. use, impudence, effrontery, cheek.
[1930s–40s] (US) a drummer.
see hate someone’s guts under gut n.
see let the tail go with the hide under tail n.
[1900s] to thrash, to flog.
[1930s+] (Aus.) a phr. used of one who is very cheeky.
[17C+] to beat someone severely, to spank someone severely.