Bob peel


Sir Robert, 1788–1850, British political leader: founder of the London constabulary; prime minister 1834–35; 1841–46.
a seaport on W Isle of Man: castle; resort.
a river in N Yukon Territory and NW Northwest Territories, Canada, flowing E and N to the Mackenzie River. 425 miles (684 km) long. Unabridged
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peel1 (piːl)
1.  (tr) to remove (the skin, rind, outer covering, etc) of (a fruit, egg, etc)
2.  (intr) (of paint, etc) to be removed from a surface, esp through weathering
3.  (intr) (of a surface) to lose its outer covering of paint, etc esp through weathering
4.  (intr) (of a person or part of the body) to shed skin in flakes or (of skin) to be shed in flakes, esp as a result of sunburn
5.  croquet to put (another player's ball) through a hoop or hoops
6.  keep one's eyes peeled, keep one's eyes skinned to watch vigilantly
7.  the skin or rind of a fruit, etc
[Old English pilian to strip off the outer layer, from Latin pilāre to make bald, from pilus a hair]

peel2 (piːl)
a long-handled shovel used by bakers for moving bread, in an oven
[C14 pele, from Old French, from Latin pāla spade, from pangere to drive in; see palette]

peel3 (piːl)
(in Britain) a fortified tower of the 16th century on the borders between England and Scotland, built to withstand raids
[C14 (fence made of stakes): from Old French piel stake, from Latin pālus; see pale², paling]

Peel (piːl)
1.  John, real name John Robert Parker Ravenscroft. 1939--2004, British broadcaster; presented his influential Radio 1 music programme (1967--2004) and Radio 4's Home Truths (1998--2004)
2.  Sir Robert. 1788--1850, British statesman; Conservative prime minister (1834--35; 1841--46). As Home Secretary (1828--30) he founded the Metropolitan Police and in his second ministry carried through a series of free-trade budgets culminating in the repeal of the Corn Laws (1846), which split the Tory party

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"to strip off," developed from O.E. pilian "to peel," and O.Fr. pillier, both from L. pilare "to strip of hair," from pilus "hair." Probably also infl. by L. pellis "skin, hide." The noun is 1583, from earlier pill, pile (1388), from the verb.
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