- 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 flayed
Or you can mount a flayed rabbit to hang in your living room while a chef turns its innards into a nose-to-tail feast.Edible Taxidermy: It’s a Good Thing
August 5, 2014
In the central panel, Sen. Elizabeth Warren whispers into the ear of the Pope as Mitt Romney and hedge fund managers are flayed.Pope Francis Declares Consumers and Capitalists Need to Help the Poor
November 26, 2013
In half an hour it came out, flayed and roasted, black oily skin peeled from both sides.Iraq War 10th Anniversary: The Teamster
John Kael Weston
March 17, 2013
Look, when I left Brothers and Sisters, I felt as if I were flayed alive.Broadway's Comeback Kid
November 2, 2011
They have only to be flayed, and their skins inflated, and they will readily give us a passage.Anabasis
Then they flayed the monster, and the next morning the hide was shown to his majesty.Japanese Fairy World
William Elliot Griffis
She lived amongst them, a passive victim, quivering in every nerve, as if she were flayed.Chance
Their only clothing is a breechcloth and a short skirt of flayed bark.Negritos of Zambales
William Allan Reed
No doubt they would have flayed me alive, have sold my skin, and devoured, etc.The Comedies of William Congreve
- 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 flayed
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.