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Peel

[peel] /pil/
noun
1.
Sir Robert, 1788–1850, British political leader: founder of the London constabulary; prime minister 1834–35; 1841–46.
2.
a seaport on W Isle of Man: castle; resort.
3.
a river in N Yukon Territory and NW Northwest Territories, Canada, flowing E and N to the Mackenzie River. 425 miles (684 km) long.
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British Dictionary definitions for r. peel

peel1

/piːl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to remove (the skin, rind, outer covering, etc) of (a fruit, egg, etc)
2.
(intransitive) (of paint, etc) to be removed from a surface, esp through weathering
3.
(intransitive) (of a surface) to lose its outer covering of paint, etc esp through weathering
4.
(intransitive) (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
noun
7.
the skin or rind of a fruit, etc
See also peel off
Word Origin
Old English pilian to strip off the outer layer, from Latin pilāre to make bald, from pilus a hair

peel2

/piːl/
noun
1.
a long-handled shovel used by bakers for moving bread, in an oven
Word Origin
C14 pele, from Old French, from Latin pāla spade, from pangere to drive in; see palette

peel3

/piːl/
noun
1.
(in Britain) a fortified tower of the 16th century on the borders between England and Scotland, built to withstand raids
Word Origin
C14 (fence made of stakes): from Old French piel stake, from Latin pālus; see pale², paling

Peel

/piːl/
noun
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
Derived Forms
Peelite, noun
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Word Origin and History for r. peel

peel

v.

"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.

n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for r. peel

peel

verb
  1. To undress; strip (1785+)
  2. peel out (1950s+ Hot rodders)
  3. : Many of the young people describe stealing a vehicle as ''peeling it'' (1980s+ Street talk)

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Idioms and Phrases with r. peel

peel

In addition to the idiom beginning with peel also see: keep one's eyes open (peeled)
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