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Definition of flay verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    flay

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//fleɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fleɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flay
    BrE BrE//fleɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fleɪ//
     
    he / she / it flays
    BrE BrE//fleɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fleɪz//
     
    past simple flayed
    BrE BrE//fleɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fleɪd//
     
    past participle flayed
    BrE BrE//fleɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fleɪd//
     
    -ing form flaying
    BrE BrE//ˈfleɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfleɪɪŋ//
     
     
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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 somebody very hard so that some of their skin comes off
  3. 3flay somebody/yourself (formal) to criticize somebody/yourself severely He flayed himself for his lack of tact. Her dark eyes flayed him.
  4. Word Origin Old English flēan, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch vlaen.
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