Origin of peeling
- to strip (something) of its skin, rind, bark, etc.: to peel an orange.
- to strip (the skin, rind, bark, paint, etc.) from something: to peel paint from a car.
- Croquet. to cause (another player's ball) to go through a wicket.
- (of skin, bark, paint, etc.) to come off; become separated.
- to lose the skin, rind, bark, paint, etc.
- Informal. to undress.
- Metallurgy. (of a malleable iron casting) to lose, or tend to lose, the outer layer.
- the skin or rind of a fruit, vegetable, etc.
- Metallurgy. the presence of a brittle outer layer on a malleable iron casting.
- peel off,
- to remove (the skin, bark, etc.) or be removed: The old skin peeled off.
- Aeronautics.to leave a flying formation of aircraft with a banking turn, usually from one end of an echelon.
- Informal.to turn off or leave (a road): We peeled off the highway onto a dirt road.
- to remove (clothing) in a swift upward or downward motion.
- keep one's eyes peeled, Informal. to watch closely or carefully; be alert: Keep your eyes peeled for a gas station.
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Examples from the Web for peeling
Only the peeling paint and the crumbling walls hinted that, for these students, a different reality lay outside.The Only Ballerinas In All Of Abkhazia
December 7, 2013
Everybody knows it, that feeling of entering a park: peeling off the city streets and into that nourishing sense of calm.In Praise of Parks
October 27, 2013
The journalist is focused on peeling away the layers and getting at the damaging truth.How a Freelance Journalist Unraveled Jonah Lehrer’s Lies
August 1, 2012
Paint is peeling from the upper decks and each day new debris falls into the water.Costa Concordia Mess Widens With Salvage Team, Criminal Probe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 24, 2012
He was very interested in the internal workings and peeling back the layers.Bill Condon and Melissa Rosenberg on 'Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn'
November 21, 2011
Some of their necks and cheeks were peeling, as if from sunburn.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
The thing were done as clean as peeling an apple, and as quiet.The Sea-Hawk
The degree of this peeling also varies as well as its duration.The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases
Charles West, M.D.
A good sharp knife will be required for peeling the skin from the neck.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
His upturned face was swollen, red, peeling all over the nose and cheeks.Victory
- a strip of skin, rind, bark, etc, that has been peeled offa potato peeling
- (tr) to remove (the skin, rind, outer covering, etc) of (a fruit, egg, etc)
- (intr) (of paint, etc) to be removed from a surface, esp through weathering
- (intr) (of a surface) to lose its outer covering of paint, etc esp through weathering
- (intr) (of a person or part of the body) to shed skin in flakes or (of skin) to be shed in flakes, esp as a result of sunburn
- croquet to put (another player's ball) through a hoop or hoops
- keep one's eyes peeled or keep one's eyes skinned to watch vigilantly
- the skin or rind of a fruit, etc
- a long-handled shovel used by bakers for moving bread, in an oven
- (in Britain) a fortified tower of the 16th century on the borders between England and Scotland, built to withstand raids
- John, real name John Robert Parker Ravenscroft . 1939–2004, British broadcaster; presented his influential Radio 1 music programme (1967–2004) and Radio 4's Home Truths (1998–2004)
- Sir Robert. 1788–1850, British statesman; Conservative prime minister (1834–35; 1841–46). As Home Secretary (1828–30) he founded the Metropolitan Police and in his second ministry carried through a series of free-trade budgets culminating in the repeal of the Corn Laws (1846), which split the Tory party
Word Origin and History for peeling
"to strip off," developed from Old English pilian "to peel, skin, decorticate, strip the skin or ring," and Old French pillier, both from Latin pilare "to strip of hair," from pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)). Probably also influenced by Latin pellis "skin, hide." Related: Peeled; peeling. Figurative expression keep (one's) eyes peeled be observant, be on the alert" is from 1853, American English.
"shovel-shaped instrument" used by bakers, etc., c.1400, from Old French pele (Modern French pelle) "shovel," from Latin pala "spade, shovel, baker's peel," of unknown origin.
piece of rind or skin, 1580s, from earlier pill, pile (late 14c.), from peel (v.)).