Definition of flay
- The hunter flayed the rabbit and prepared it for cooking.
- He was flayed by the media for his controversial comments.
- the wind whipped up to gale fury, flaying his face
- —Richard Kent
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
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bawl out, berate, call down, castigate, chastise, chew out, dress down, hammer, jaw, keelhaul, lambaste (or lambast), lecture, rag, rail (at or against), rant (at), rate, ream (out), rebuke, reprimand, reproach, scold, score, tongue-lash, upbraid;
abuse, assail, attack, bad-mouth, blame, blast, censure, condemn, criticize, crucify, denounce, dis (also diss) [slang], excoriate, fault, harangue, knock, lace (into), lash, pan, reprehend, revile, scourge, slam, vituperate;
lay into, read the riot act (to), take to task;
: to beat or whip (someone or something) in a very violent and severe way
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