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Definition of peel verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they peel
    he / she / it peels
    past simple peeled
    -ing form peeling
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  1. 1[transitive] peel something to take the skin off fruit, vegetables, etc. to peel an orange/a banana Have you peeled the potatoes? Topic CollocationsCookingpreparing prepare a dish/a meal/a menu/dinner/the fish weigh out 4oz of sugar/the ingredients wash/rinse the lettuce/spinach 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/rind/peel 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/the broiler bring to 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 dissolve the sugar in water brown the meat for 8-10 minutes drain the pasta/the water from the pot/in a colander/in a strainer mash the potatoes/banana/avocadoways of cooking cook food/fish/meat/rice/pasta/a Mexican dish bake (a loaf of) bread/a cake/a pie/potatoes/muffins/cookies/fish boil cabbage/potatoes/an egg/a hot dog/water fry/deep-fry/stir-fry the chicken/vegetables broil meat/steak/chicken/sausages roast potatoes/peppers/meat/chicken/beef sauté garlic/mushrooms/onions/potatoes/vegetables steam rice/vegetables/spinach/asparagus/dumplings toast bread/nuts microwave food/popcorn/a frozen dinner/a TV dinnerserving serve in a glass/on a bed of rice/with potatoes arrange the slices on a plate/in layers carve the meat/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
  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 keep your nose from peeling. The walls have begun to peel.
  5. Idioms
    keep your eyes peeled (for somebody/something)
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    to look carefully for someone or something We kept our eyes peeled for any signs of life.
    Phrasal Verbspeel offpeel somethingoffpeel out
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