The Chicago Tribune took every chance to flay Truman, as The Wall Street Journal daily flays Obama.
Whoever advised President Obama to flay Israel publicly until this week should be fired.
He was captured and—despite loud calls to flay him alive, lynch him, tear him apart, and the like—given a lengthy trial.
Old English flean "to skin" (strong verb, past tense flog, past participle flagen), from Proto-Germanic *flakhanan (cf. Middle Dutch vlaen, Old High German flahan, Old Norse fla), from PIE root *plak- (2) "to hit" (cf. Greek plessein "to strike," Lithuanian plešiu "to tear;" see plague (n.)). Related: Flayed; flaying.