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

     

    peel

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//piːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//piːl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they peel
    BrE BrE//piːl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//piːl//
     
    he / she / it peels
    BrE BrE//piːlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//piːlz//
     
    past simple peeled
    BrE BrE//piːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//piːld//
     
    past participle peeled
    BrE BrE//piːld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//piːld//
     
    -ing form peeling
    BrE BrE//ˈpiːlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpiːlɪŋ//
     
    Preparing food
     
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  1. 1[transitive] peel something to take the outer layer off fruit, vegetables, etc. to peel an orange/a banana Have you peeled the potatoes? CollocationsCookingPreparing prepare a dish/​a meal/​a menu/​dinner/​the fish weigh out 100g/4oz of sugar/​the ingredients wash/​rinse the lettuce/​spinach/​watercress chop/​slice/​dice the carrots/​onions/​potatoes peel the carrots/​onion/​potatoes/​garlic/​orange grate a carrot/​the cheese/​some nutmeg remove/​discard the bones/​seeds/​skin blend/​combine/​mix (together) the flour and water/​all the ingredients beat/​whisk the cream/​eggs/​egg whites knead/​shape/​roll (out) the doughCooking heat the oil in a frying pan preheat/​heat the oven/(British English) the grill/(North American English) the broiler bring to (British English) the boil/(North American English) a boil stir constantly/​gently with a wooden spoon reduce the heat simmer gently for 20 minutes/​until reduced by half melt the butter/​chocolate/​cheese/​sugar brown the meat for 8–20 minutes drain the pasta/​the water from the pot/​in a colander mash the potatoes/​banana/​avocadoWays of cooking cook food/​fish/​meat/​rice/​pasta/​a Persian dish bake (a loaf of) bread/​a cake/(especially North American English) cookies/(British English) biscuits/​a pie/​potatoes/​fish/​scones/​muffins boil cabbage/​potatoes/​an egg/​water fry/​deep-fry/​stir-fry the chicken/​vegetables grill meat/​steak/​chicken/​sausages/​a hot dog roast potatoes/​peppers/​meat/​chicken/​lamb sauté garlic/​mushrooms/​onions/​potatoes/​vegetables steam rice/​vegetables/​spinach/​asparagus/​dumplings toast bread/​nuts microwave food/​popcorn/(British English) a ready mealServing serve in a glass/​on a bed of rice/​with potatoes arrange the slices on a plate/​in a layer carve the meat/​lamb/​chicken/​turkey dress/​toss a salad dress with/​drizzle with olive oil/​vinaigrette top with a slice of lemon/​a scoop of ice cream/​whipped cream/​syrup garnish with a sprig of parsley/​fresh basil leaves/​lemon wedges/​a slice of lime/​a twist of orange sprinkle with salt/​sugar/​herbs/​parsley/​freshly ground black pepper See related entries: Preparing food
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] peel (something) away/off/back to remove a layer, covering, etc. from the surface of something; to come off the surface of something Carefully peel away the lining paper. The label will peel off if you soak it in water.
  3. 3[intransitive] peel (off) (of a covering) to come off in strips or small pieces The wallpaper was beginning to peel.
  4. 4[intransitive] (of a surface) to lose strips or small pieces of its covering Put on some cream to stop your nose from peeling. The walls have begun to peel.
  5. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘to plunder’): variant of dialect pill, from Latin pilare ‘to strip hair from’, from pilus ‘hair’. The differentiation of peel and pill may have been by association with the French verbs peler ‘to peel’ and piller ‘to pillage’.Extra examples He peeled the wet clothes from his back. I peeled off £100 and gave it to him. She peeled back the blankets. The paint was peeling off the door. The skin on her back began to peel off.Idioms
    keep your eyes peeled/skinned (for somebody/something)
     
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    to look carefully for somebody/something We kept our eyes peeled for any signs of life.
    Phrasal Verbspeel offpeel offpeel out
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