flay

[fley]
verb (used with object)
1.
to strip off the skin or outer covering of.
2.
to criticize or scold with scathing severity.
3.
to deprive or strip of money or property.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English flen, Old English flēan; cognate with Middle Dutch vlaen, Old Norse flā

flayer, noun
unflayed, adjective


2. castigate, excoriate, upbraid, chew out.
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flay (fleɪ)
 
vb
1.  to strip off the skin or outer covering of, esp by whipping; skin
2.  to attack with savage criticism
3.  to strip of money or goods, esp by cheating or extortion
 
[Old English flēan; related to Old Norse flā to peel, Lithuanian plešti to tear]
 
'flayer
 
n

fley or flay (fleɪ)
 
vb
1.  to be afraid or cause to be afraid
2.  (tr) to frighten away; scare
 
[Old English āflēgan to put to flight; related to Old Norse fleygja]
 
flay or flay
 
vb
 
[Old English āflēgan to put to flight; related to Old Norse fleygja]

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flay
O.E. flean "to skin" (strong verb, pt. flog, pp. flagen), from P.Gmc. *flakhanan (cf. M.Du. vlaen, O.N. fla), from PIE root *plak- (cf. Gk. plessein "to strike"). Related: Flayed; flaying.
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Example sentences
Flay is a longtime racehorse owner and fan of the sport.
Flay notes that his version omits the traditional pork.
With a snarl of rage he turned and his long arms began to flay the air.
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