verb (used with object)
Origin of flay
Examples from the Web for flay
He was captured and—despite loud calls to flay him alive, lynch him, tear him apart, and the like—given a lengthy trial.
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.
Why, sir, if they was to catch Monkey in Chukkers's country they'd flay him.Boy Woodburn|Alfred Ollivant
To flay off your skin, that I may make me a warm cap against the winter.The Book of Stories for the Storyteller|Fanny E. Coe
The fourth article doth imply that my wife will flay me, but not all.Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete.|Francois Rabelais
The bridge-opener—when he found him he would take him into the desert and flay him alive; and find him he would.The Weavers, Complete|Gilbert Parker
You can flay me alive, if you like, or send me to the galleys, or ruin me in any fashion in your power.The Transgression of Andrew Vane|Guy Wetmore Carryl
British Dictionary definitions for flay
Word Origin for flay
Word Origin and History for flay
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.