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peeler1

[pee-ler] /ˈpi lər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that peels.
2.
a kitchen implement, often having a swiveling, protected blade, for removing the peel or outer skin of a vegetable or fruit.
3.
a long-staple cotton raised originally in the regions along the Yazoo River and the Mississippi River delta.
4.
a yarn made from this cotton.
5.
Slang. a striptease dancer.
6.
a log, especially of a Douglas fir, suitable for rotary cutting into veneers.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English peler. See peel1, -er1

peeler2

[pee-ler] /ˈpi lər/
noun, British Archaic.
1.
a police officer.
Origin
1810-20; named after Sir R. Peel; see -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for peelers

peeler1

/ˈpiːlə/
noun
1.
a special knife or mechanical device for peeling vegetables, fruit, etc a potato peeler
2.
(US, slang) a striptease dancer

peeler2

/ˈpiːlə/
noun
1.
(Brit, old-fashioned, slang) another word for policeman
Word Origin
C19: from the founder of the police force, Sir Robert Peel
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Word Origin and History for peelers

peeler

n.

"policeman," 1817, British colloquial, originally a member of the Irish constabulary, named for Sir (at that time Mr.) Robert Peel (1788-1850) who founded the Irish Constabulary (cf. bobby). In Middle English it meant "robber, thief" (mid-14c.). Meaning "strip-tease artist" (1951) is from peel (v.) in colloquial sense of "strip off clothing" (1820).

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Slang definitions & phrases for peelers

peeler

noun

A striptease dancer; stripper: grinders, peelers, and bumpers (1940s+)

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