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peel 1

1. The skin or rind of certain fruits and vegetables.
2. A chemical peel.
v. peeled, peel·ing, peels
1. To strip or cut away the skin, rind, or bark from; pare.
2. To strip away; pull off: peeled the label from the jar.
1. To lose or shed skin, bark, or other covering.
2. To come off in thin strips or pieces, as bark, skin, or paint: Her sunburned skin began to peel.
Phrasal Verbs:
peel off
1. To remove (an article of clothing that fits snugly).
2. To break away from a group in motion, especially to leave flight formation in order to land an aircraft or make a dive.
3. To leave or depart, especially in a hurry.
peel out
To leave quickly, especially by accelerating a vehicle so that the tires spin: peeled out of the driveway.

[From Middle English pilen, pelen, to peel, from Old French peler, and Old English pilian (both from Latin pilāre, to deprive of hair, from pilus, hair) and from Old French pillier, to tug, pull, plunder (from Latin pilleum, felt cap).]

peel 2

1. A long-handled, shovellike tool used by bakers to move bread or pastries into and out of an oven.
2. Printing A T-shaped pole used for hanging up freshly printed sheets of paper to dry.

[Middle English, from Old French pele, from Latin pāla, spade, peel; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

peel 3

A fortified house or tower of a kind constructed in the borderland of Scotland and England in the 1500s.

[Middle English pel, stake, small castle, from Anglo-Norman, stockade, variant of Old French, stake, from Latin pālus; see pag- in Indo-European roots.]

peel off

vb (adverb)
1. to remove or be removed by peeling
2. (intr) slang to undress
3. (Aeronautics) (intr) (of an aircraft) to turn away as by banking, and leave a formation
4. slang to go away or cause to go away
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.peel off - peel off the outer layer of something
peel, pare, skin - strip the skin off; "pare apples"
exfoliate - remove the surface, in scales or laminae
2.peel off - take off, as with some difficulty; "He peeled off his blood-soaked shirt"
take off - remove clothes; "take off your shirt--it's very hot in here"
3.peel off - leave a formation
air travel, aviation, air - travel via aircraft; "air travel involves too much waiting in airports"; "if you've time to spare go by air"
sheer, slew, slue, swerve, trend, veer, curve, cut - turn sharply; change direction abruptly; "The car cut to the left at the intersection"; "The motorbike veered to the right"
4.peel off - come off in flakes or thin small pieces; "The paint in my house is peeling off"
chip, chip off, break away, break off, come off - break off (a piece from a whole); "Her tooth chipped"
5.peel off - peel off in scales; "dry skin desquamates"
exuviate, molt, moult, slough, shed - cast off hair, skin, horn, or feathers; "our dog sheds every Spring"

w>peel off

vt sep (→ von) sticky tape, wallpaper, paintabziehen, ablösen; tree barkabschälen; wrapper, dress, glove etcabstreifen
(= leave formation)ausscheren; (Aviat) → ausscheren, abdrehen
References in classic literature ?
He grasped the hatchet quickly to peel off the bark and shape the wood.
If you stay there a while it will all peel off of itself.
The more we peeled, the more peel there seemed to be left on; by the time we had got all the peel off and all the eyes out, there was no potato left - at least none worth speaking of.
Look here, Skinny Philander," he said, in belligerent tones, "if you are lookin' for a scrap, peel off your coat and come on down on the ground, and I'll punch your head just as I did sixty years ago in the alley back of Porky Evans' barn.
Users are supposed to peel off a Dot's adhesive backing, secure it on a fingertip, and scrub.
The Class Action Complaint alleges that the defect -- as a consequence of which the treads of the automobile tires peel off their casings -- is prevalent in Firestone's ATX, ATX II, and Wilderness AT brand tires.
Forecasters say windblown Angelenos can peel off some layers of winter clothing today and safely rake leaves out of their yards as the destructive Santa Anas diminish - but look out for a chance of rain Sunday.
The complaint alleges that the defect -- as a consequence of which the treads of the automobile tires peel off their casing -- is prevalent in Firestone's ATX, ATX II and Wilderness AT brand tires.
The contractor told Cohen that he saw the suspect emerge from the house, peel off his shirt and then yelled at the contractor: ``You'd better get in there, someone's been shot.
If the city is going to be broken up, and the Valley is going to peel off, maybe South Central ought to peel off too,'' Dove said.