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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.]
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]
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]
Past participle: flayed
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|Verb||1.||flay - strip the skin off|
1. skin, strip, peel, scrape, excoriate, remove the skin from to flay the flesh away from his muscles
To criticize harshly and devastatingly: