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flay

 (flā)
tr.v. flayed, flay·ing, flays
1. To strip off the skin or outer covering of.
2. To strip of money or goods; fleece.
3. To whip or lash.
4. To assail with stinging criticism; excoriate.

[Middle English flen, from Old English flēan.]

flay′er n.

flay

(fleɪ)
vb (tr)
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
[Old English flēan; related to Old Norse flā to peel, Lithuanian plešti to tear]
ˈflayer n

flay

(fleɪ)

v.t.
1. to strip off the skin or outer covering of, as by whipping.
2. to criticize or scold with scathing severity.
3. to lash.
[before 900; Middle English flen, Old English flēan]
flay′er, n.

flay


Past participle: flayed
Gerund: flaying

Imperative
flay
flay
Present
I flay
you flay
he/she/it flays
we flay
you flay
they flay
Preterite
I flayed
you flayed
he/she/it flayed
we flayed
you flayed
they flayed
Present Continuous
I am flaying
you are flaying
he/she/it is flaying
we are flaying
you are flaying
they are flaying
Present Perfect
I have flayed
you have flayed
he/she/it has flayed
we have flayed
you have flayed
they have flayed
Past Continuous
I was flaying
you were flaying
he/she/it was flaying
we were flaying
you were flaying
they were flaying
Past Perfect
I had flayed
you had flayed
he/she/it had flayed
we had flayed
you had flayed
they had flayed
Future
I will flay
you will flay
he/she/it will flay
we will flay
you will flay
they will flay
Future Perfect
I will have flayed
you will have flayed
he/she/it will have flayed
we will have flayed
you will have flayed
they will have flayed
Future Continuous
I will be flaying
you will be flaying
he/she/it will be flaying
we will be flaying
you will be flaying
they will be flaying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been flaying
you have been flaying
he/she/it has been flaying
we have been flaying
you have been flaying
they have been flaying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been flaying
you will have been flaying
he/she/it will have been flaying
we will have been flaying
you will have been flaying
they will have been flaying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been flaying
you had been flaying
he/she/it had been flaying
we had been flaying
you had been flaying
they had been flaying
Conditional
I would flay
you would flay
he/she/it would flay
we would flay
you would flay
they would flay
Past Conditional
I would have flayed
you would have flayed
he/she/it would have flayed
we would have flayed
you would have flayed
they would have flayed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.flay - strip the skin off
peel, pare, skin - strip the skin off; "pare apples"

flay

verb
1. skin, strip, peel, scrape, excoriate, remove the skin from to flay the flesh away from his muscles
2. upbraid, slam (slang), castigate, revile, tear into (informal), diss (slang, chiefly U.S.), excoriate, tear a strip off, execrate, pull to pieces (informal), give a tongue-lashing, criticize severely, flame (informal) The critics flayed him with accusations of misanthropy.

flay

verb
To criticize harshly and devastatingly:
Informal: roast.
Slang: slam.
Idioms: burn someone's ears, crawl all over, pin someone's ears back, put someone on the griddle, put someone on the hot seat, rake over the coals, read the riot act to.
Translations

flay

[fleɪ] VT
1. (= skin) → desollar
he'll flay me alive if I'm latesi llego tarde, me despelleja vivo
2. (= criticize) [+ person] → despellejar; [+ book, film] → hacer trizas
3. (= defeat) → dar una paliza a

flay

[ˈfleɪ] vt
(= skin) [+ person, animal] → écorcher
to be flayed alive → être écorché(e) vif(vive)
(= criticize severely) → éreinter

flay

vt
(= skin) animalabziehen, häuten; persondie Haut abziehen +dat; (= beat)verdreschen; (= whip)auspeitschen; to flay somebody alivejdn gründlich verdreschen
(fig: = criticize) → kein gutes Haar lassen an (+dat), → heruntermachen (inf)

flay

[fleɪ] vt (skin) → scorticare; (criticize) → criticare aspramente, stroncare
References in classic literature ?
The Lion roaring out in a rage against him, the Fox sought an opportunity to defend himself and said, "And who of all those who have come to you have benefited you so much as I, who have traveled from place to place in every direction, and have sought and learnt from the physicians the means of healing you?' The Lion commanded him immediately to tell him the cure, when he replied, "You must flay a wolf alive and wrap his skin yet warm around you." The Wolf was at once taken and flayed; whereon the Fox, turning to him, said with a smile, "You should have moved your master not to ill, but to good, will."
This is certain, that some time before, he had used some poor pagan merchants in that manner, and had caused the executioner to begin to flay them, when some Brahmin, touched with compassion, generously contributed the sum demanded for their ransom.
But may the devil flay me if I understand what they mean with their Esmeralda!
They gave him to understand that they had chased the buffalo at full speed, until they tired them down, when they easily dispatched them with the spear, and made use of the same weapon to flay the carcasses.
One day he came to the King and said, 'If Ring is such a mighty man, I think you might ask him to kill the wild oxen in the wood here, and flay them the same day, and bring you the horns and the hides in the evening.'
"Well, the devil flay them, the privileged classes," his brother's voice responded, with a cough.
With that, he went upon his knees, and began to flay his victim; who, on the first stocking coming off, would certainly have fallen over backward with his chair, but for there being no room to fall anyhow.
"Now, Master Andres," said the farmer, "call on the undoer of wrongs; you will find he won't undo that, though I am not sure that I have quite done with you, for I have a good mind to flay you alive." But at last he untied him, and gave him leave to go look for his judge in order to put the sentence pronounced into execution.
I thought of Marsyas, whom the god flayed because he had dared to rival him in song.
On the day of its publication a wretched dog, flayed and otherwise mutilated, escaped from Moreau's house.
The sympathetic blood surged to my temples and I turned and gave those fine birds what I intended to be a beseeching look, but my feelings got the better of me and changed it into a look which said, "If any of you pets of fortune laugh at this poor soul, you will deserve to be flayed for it." Things went from bad to worse, and I shortly found myself mentally taking the unfriended lady under my protection.
``After that the Earl spied repugnance, and saw that he could not come to his purpose by fair means, he commanded his cooks to prepare the banquet: and so first they flayed the sheep, that is, they took off the Abbot's cloathes even to his skin, and next they bound him to the chimney his legs to the one end, and his arms to the other; and so they began to beet [i.e.