The Chicago Tribune took every chance to flay Truman, as The Wall Street Journal daily flays Obama.
Whoever advised President Obama to flay Israel publicly until this week should be fired.
He was captured and—despite loud calls to flay him alive, lynch him, tear him apart, and the like—given a lengthy trial.
The bridge-opener—when he found him he would take him into the desert and flay him alive; and find him he would.
His invectives and vituperations bite and flay like steel whips.
"If I hadn't got important business in hand, I'd stop and flay you for your insolence," his snarl said.
To flay off your skin, that I may make me a warm cap against the winter.
I forgot to say, that not having time to flay them, we had shoved them down the main hatchway, to wait till the next day.
What an occupation—to flay his fellow-creatures and offer their skins for sale.
O Rubicante, see thou plant thy clutches on him, and flay him!'
Old English flean "to skin" (strong verb, past tense flog, past participle flagen), from Proto-Germanic *flakhanan (cf. Middle Dutch vlaen, Old High German flahan, Old Norse fla), from PIE root *plak- (2) "to hit" (cf. Greek plessein "to strike," Lithuanian plešiu "to tear;" see plague (n.)). Related: Flayed; flaying.