E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Skin a Flint.
To be very exacting in making a bargain. The French say, Tondre sur un uf. The Latin, lana caprina (goats wool), means something as worthless as the skin of a flint or fleece of an eggshell. (See SKINFLINT.)