- to strip off the skin or outer covering of.
- to criticize or scold with scathing severity.
- to deprive or strip of money or property.
Origin of flay
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Examples from the Web for flayer
He is a treacherous dog and may the flayer get all such treacherous dogs!The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume I (of 3)
Alexander Wheelock Thayer
He could imagine the thousands watching grimly while the flayer used his knife.King--of the Khyber Rifles
"By John the Flayer's pony," said Pete; and he laughed and made light of his night-long walk.The Manxman
- to strip off the skin or outer covering of, esp by whipping; skin
- to attack with savage criticism
- to strip of money or goods, esp by cheating or extortion
Word Origin and History for flayer
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.