The journalist is focused on peeling away the layers and getting at the damaging truth.
Only the peeling paint and the crumbling walls hinted that, for these students, a different reality lay outside.
In house after house are the same new windows with peeling manufacturing stickers, the same tiled courtyard, the same raw stucco.
"to strip off," developed from Old English pilian "to peel, skin, decorticate, strip the skin or ring," and Old French pillier, both from Latin pilare "to strip of hair," from pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)). Probably also influenced by Latin pellis "skin, hide." Related: Peeled; peeling. Figurative expression keep (one's) eyes peeled be observant, be on the alert" is from 1853, American English.
piece of rind or skin, 1580s, from earlier pill, pile (late 14c.), from peel (v.)).
"shovel-shaped instrument" used by bakers, etc., c.1400, from Old French pele (Modern French pelle) "shovel," from Latin pala "spade, shovel, baker's peel," of unknown origin.