This was way beyond the sheepskin her tuition bought

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novinka1

Senior Member
Polish
Hello,
I'm translating a medical tv show. There is a dialogue about a doctor who's dealing with a patient with a strange disease.

CONNOR:
Any more details from the attending doctor?

EVA:
Yeah, that something like this was way beyond the sheepskin her tuition bought.

Does this mean it is beyond her knowledge?
 
  • Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    Yes, novinka you are right.
    Apparently it's American slang for a diploma or certificate. 'Sheepskin' probably refers to the material such documents might at one time have been written on made from animal skin, called 'vellum'. The hair or wool, as well as the fat, have been scraped off.
    (Better to describe and explain than give a 'bare link' which might change.)
     

    novinka1

    Senior Member
    Polish
    Yes, novinka you are right.
    Apparently it's American slang for a diploma or certificate. 'Sheepskin' probably refers to the material such documents might at one time have been written on made from animal skin, called 'vellum'. The hair or wool, as well as the fat, have been scraped off.
    (Better to describe and explain than give a 'bare link' which might change.)
    Thanks!
     
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