flay

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verb \ˈflā\

Definition of flay

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strip off the skin or surface of :  skin <The hunter flayed the rabbit and prepared it for cooking.>

  3. 2 :  to criticize harshly :  excoriate <He was flayed by the media for his controversial comments.>

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

Examples of flay in a sentence

  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 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 century


FLAY Defined for English Language Learners

flay

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verb \ˈflā\

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

flay

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verb \ˈflā\

Definition of flay for Students

flayed

flaying

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

  2. 2 :  to beat severely



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