to have skin in the game

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - skin in the game

"to have skin in the game"

to have a personal investment of time, money, interest or concern in the pursuit of a goal or achievement


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - skin in the game

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Have you heard? The company is not giving cash bonuses this year but instead is giving shares in the company. The hope is that employees will work smarter and harder to ensure company profit and, thereby, their own profit.

Colleague 2:  That is a great idea. I, personally, would like to have some skin in the game.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - skin in the game

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Just let it go. There is nothing you can do about it.

Friend 2:  But I have invested endless hours and my very soul in this Community Improvement Project. I really care about the outcome.

Friend 1:  I know that you have a lot of skin in the game but if the local city council is taking control, there is really nothing you can do.

Friend 2:  I think that I will run for election in the next municipal election and hopefully still have some voice in the community project.

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to have skin in the game - Gerund Form:

Having skin in the game, she worked harder than anyone else to ensure the success of the venture.

to have skin in the game - Examples:

1)  Because we had skin in the game, we could work on joint procurement and other business synergies which ...

2)  ... said the franchise model was a powerful one for the firm where local operators had skin in the game and were hungry for business.

3)  ... and it's great to show young people what it is to really put your skin in the game for what you think is right.

4)  This should be looked at independently by people who have no skin in the game, who are genuine experts.

5)  Yet Touchcorp has plenty of skin in the game, holding 28 per cent of Afterpay's equity.

6)  This is why it is really important for patients who have a lot of 'skin in the game' to work with their providers to figure out which care they ...

7)  As well as that, the banks have generally had a bit of skin in the game too. It has been in their interests to help farmers get ...

8)  ... their insurance as a percentage of their income, so that everyone has some "skin in the game."

9)  ... a stake of almost 4 per cent. I've got plenty of skin in the game and so have many of our employees.

10)  ... more focused because of their size, and more nimble, but they also have skin in the game and that is a big reason why they have better business models.

11)  Nothing focuses the mind like skin in the game and the prospect of staring down the barrel of a gun.

12)  I've got skin in the game. I have to take care of my resource base, and ...

13)  ... understand that no investment comes devoid of risk. You've got to have some skin in the game to make money.

14)  ... we are the biggest exporter of beef in the northern hemisphere so we have particular skin in the game.

15)  Then there's moral hazard. With no skin in the game, students studying for free have no incentive to perform or graduate.

16)  When you got skin in the game, you stay in the game. 

17)  He's clearly got a lot of skin in the game here, he's not taking money off the table.

18)  Brett's a believer that if there's skin in the game then the behaviours are very different to someone who's a salaried ...

19)  ... engender an increased alignment of motivations for the parties since they both have 'skin in the game' .

20)  ... are going to go out there and make this your personal crusade then have some skin in the game.