We want our primal fill like the Romans forcing some standard-stealing barbarian on a flaying parade.
They screamed as if escaping death; they resisted as if some one were flaying them.
The makers of goat-skin bags have a curious skill in flaying.
One learns more examining one's own conscience than dissecting and flaying others alive.
He had also persuaded a neighbor to be present on the occasion of the flaying.
Somebody or other;—first flaying the skin off, as was natural, and taking that for his trouble.
The skin can then be removed by flaying as in skinning a beef.
Sartoris watched him as some cold-blooded scientist might have watched the flaying of a live animal.
A child might cry over the ox they are flaying now in the yard.
They always observe certain superstitious precautions in flaying the dead animal.
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.