He is a treacherous dog and may the flayer get all such treacherous dogs!
He could imagine the thousands watching grimly while the flayer used his knife.
"By John the flayer's pony," said Pete; and he laughed and made light of his night-long walk.
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.