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
When various lawmakers lit into John Stumpf at a congressional hearing last fall, each seemed to find a fresh way to flay the now-former CEO of Wells Fargo for failing to stop some 5,000 employees from setting up phony accounts for customers.
For that, Pelosi was flayed on Twitter by left-wing accounts.
Several used flattened bicycle tire tubes, flayed and hung, referencing her father’s factory, which had gone bankrupt.
Her stories were perfectly attuned to the extremist ideas for which Bannon has become celebrated and despised; Bannon and Hahn even co-wrote a story that flayed Paul Ryan.
Several versions claim that he was flayed, quartered, and decapitated before his torso was finally buried in the local pauper’s cemetery.
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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