Definition of flay
Examples of flay in a Sentence
her husband flayed her constantly for her incessant shopping
flayed their kill right there in the forest, taking both the meat and the skin home
Recent Examples of flay from the Web
Rushworth and his buddies got their revenge the next day at the ditch race, where Jewell flayed Miettinen the Finn to take first place.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
FLAY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flay for English Language Learners
: to beat or whip (someone or something) in a very violent and severe way
FLAY Defined for Kids
Definition of flay for Students
1 : to strip off the skin or surface of
2 : to beat severely
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