flay

[ fley ]
/ fleɪ /

verb (used with object)

to strip off the skin or outer covering of.
to criticize or scold with scathing severity.
to deprive or strip of money or property.

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Origin of flay

before 900; Middle English flen, Old English flēan; cognate with Middle Dutch vlaen, Old Norse flā

SYNONYMS FOR flay

2 castigate, excoriate, upbraid, chew out.

OTHER WORDS FROM flay

flay·er, nounun·flayed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for flaying

flay
/ (fleɪ) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of flay

flayer, noun

Word Origin for flay

Old English flēan; related to Old Norse flā to peel, Lithuanian pl e šti to tear
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