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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 ?
Know then that though there may be peace between our own provinces and the French, yet within the marches of France there is always war, for the country is much divided against itself, and is furthermore harried by bands of flayers, skinners, Brabacons, tardvenus, and the rest of them.
Regular flayers and grinders, my dear Lammle,' repeated Fledgeby with a peculiar relish, 'and they'll skin you by the inch, from the nape of your neck to the sole of your foot, and grind every inch of your skin to tooth-powder.
For feeding a rascally footpad, locked up these six months in the little cell of the flayer, until it should be determined what to do with him, six livres, four sols.