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flay

[fley] /fleɪ/
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
900
before 900; Middle English flen, Old English flēan; cognate with Middle Dutch vlaen, Old Norse flā
Related forms
flayer, noun
unflayed, adjective
Synonyms
2. castigate, excoriate, upbraid, chew out.
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Examples from the web for flayed
  • Beside her on the mattress, a fire-flayed corpse: the remains of her last lover.
  • If they were tattooed, their skin was flayed for use as decorative lampshades.
  • And later scenes, including a brief shot of a flayed corpse in the mountain snow, are wholly gratuitous.
  • Rope was hauled in and flayed down in bins or directly into the catamaran floats.
  • Their sigil is a flayed man, coming from their tradition of flaying captives.
British Dictionary definitions for flayed

flay

/fleɪ/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
flayer, noun
Word Origin
Old English flēan; related to Old Norse flā to peel, Lithuanian plešti to tear
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Word Origin and History for flayed

flay

v.

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.

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