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Definition of flay verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flay
    he / she / it flays
    past simple flayed
    -ing form flaying
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  1. 1flay something/somebody to remove the skin from an animal or person, usually when they are dead
  2. 2flay somebody to hit or whip someone very hard so that some of their skin comes off
  3. 3flay somebody/yourself (formal) to criticize someone/yourself severely He flayed himself for his lack of tact. Her dark eyes flayed him.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: flay