～を肌で感じる feel ～ in one's bones
Kenichi: What was your video conference about?
Rachel: About our department being downsized due to poor sales likely resulting from the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Kenichi: Are you getting ... fired?
Rachel: No. But Yuriko is.
Kenichi: Oh no! You guys have become close friends over the years. She taught you everything when you started at the company.
Rachel: I know.
Kenichi: But she wasn't a regular employee at the company, was she?
Rachel: Unfortunately no. And it's not just her, about half the people in the department are being laid off.
Kenichi: I'm so sorry to hear that. How are you feeling?
Rachel: I just feel so sorry for everyone who's losing their job.
Kenichi: You must be feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in your skin.
Rachel: What do you mean that I feel it "in my skin?"
Kenichi: You know what it's like because you're actually experiencing its effects.
Rachel: I see. You probably want to say that I feel it "in my bones" or that I'm feeling the pandemic's effects firsthand. The year 2020 has been such a bummer. I can't bear to think of the possibility that things could get any worse.
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