peel·​ing | \ ˈpē-liŋ How to pronounce peeling (audio) \

Definition of peeling

: a peeled-off piece or strip

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Brown — who posted photos of his peeling, blistered feet on social media — suffered frostbite in the incident. Michael Lerseth,, "Raiders’ Antonio Brown named in Florida chef’s $38,000 lawsuit," 14 Aug. 2019 Since most home cooks won’t have the same abundance of peelings, chef Belinda’s recipe uses a dozen whole peaches for a similar effect. San Diego Union-Tribune, "New cookbook celebrates the joy of summer peaches," 23 July 2019 Especially in the first two to four weeks of use, retinol can trigger dryness, burning, stinging, or peeling of the skin. Megan Deem, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Benefits of Retinol," 23 July 2019 The gadget, which can be adjusted for different size eggs, has a piercer that makes a tiny hole in the shell to prevent cracking and facilitate peeling, and a timer with a helpful doneness guide. Jean Kressy,, "Is your egg done? No more guessing," 22 July 2019 Your best bet to prevent peeling remains using plenty of sunblock and avoiding a sunburn in the first place. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What to Do When Your Sunburn Starts Peeling," 18 Apr. 2019 Scientists believe tectonic peeling may be common under thick continental plates through a slightly different mechanism, and possibly even in old subduction zones, but it has never been documented before in pristine oceanic plates. National Geographic, "A tectonic plate may have peeled apart—and that could shrink the Atlantic Ocean," 6 May 2019 To stop skin from flaking and peeling, slather on lotions that contain ceramides and antioxidants like vitamins C and E. Julie Ricevuto, Glamour, "How to Treat a Bad Sunburn and Hide It Instantly," 28 May 2019 Wynoochee Early’ is good for fresh eating and beloved as a cooking apple—its thin skin almost disappears when baked or cooked down into applesauce, so there is no need for peeling. Sunset, "The Best Apple Trees to Grow in Your Home Garden," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of peeling

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peeling was in 1598

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