Flay Flay (fl[=a]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flayed} (fl[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Flaying}.] [OE. flean, flan, AS. fle['a]n; akin to D. vlaen, Icel. fl[=a], Sw. fl[*a], Dan. flaae, cf. Lith. pleszti to tear, plyszti, v.i., to burst, tear; perh. akin to E. flag a flat stone, flaw.] To skin; to strip off the skin or surface of; as, to flay an ox; to flay the green earth. [1913 Webster]

With her nails She 'll flay thy wolfish visage. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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