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flay

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verb \ˈflā\

Simple Definition of flay

  • : to beat or whip (someone or something) in a very violent and severe way

Full Definition of flay

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strip off the skin or surface of :  skin

  3. 2 :  to criticize harshly :  excoriate

  4. 3 :  lash 1b <the wind whipped up to gale fury, flaying his face — Richard Kent>

Examples of flay

  1. <her husband flayed her constantly for her incessant shopping>

  2. <flayed their kill right there in the forest, taking both the meat and the skin home>



Origin of flay

Middle English flen, from Old English flēan; akin to Old Norse flā to flay, Lithuanian plėšti to tear


First Known Use: before 12th century


FLAY Defined for Kids

flay

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verb \ˈflā\

Definition of flay

flayedflay·ing

  1. 1 :  to strip off the skin or surface of

  2. 2 :  to beat severely





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