verb (used with object)
Origin of flay
Examples from the Web for flaying
We want our primal fill like the Romans forcing some standard-stealing barbarian on a flaying parade.
If he talks of 'flaying the sacrifice,' of leaving sense behind, of Epopteia, this is but the parlance of his school.History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)|Adolph Harnack
We have consumed two hours in the task of flaying and cutting up the sambhur.Life in an Indian Outpost|Gordon Casserly
He had been too long accustomed to the process of flaying young men to care very much whether it hurt them or not.A Widow's Tale and Other Stories|Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
British Dictionary definitions for flaying
Word Origin for flay
Word Origin and History for flaying
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.