flay

  • 1 Flay — may refer to:* Flay Allster, a fictional character in the anime Mobile Suit Gundam SEED * Flaying, the removal of skin from the body * Mr. Flay, a fictional character in the Gormenghast novelsPeople named Flay:* Bobby Flay (born 1964), celebrity… …

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  • 2 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 flay´er — flay «flay», transitive verb. 1. to strip off the skin or outer covering of; skin: »Whole deer were often brought in to be…flayed (George James). 2. Figurative. to scold severely; criticize without pity or mercy. 3. to rob; cheat. 4. Rare …

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  • 4 flay — flay; flay·er; …

    English syllables

  • 5 flay — index denude, lash (attack verbally), lash (strike), plunder, reprimand, reproach Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …

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  • 6 flay — [fleı] v [T] [: Old English; Origin: flean] 1.) formal to criticize someone very severely ▪ She was well known for flaying public officials in her daily column. 2.) literary to whip or beat someone very severely 3.) formal to remove the skin from …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 7 flay — [ fleı ] verb transitive 1. ) to hit or whip a person or animal severely, so that the skin is broken a ) to remove the outer layer of something, usually the skin of an animal 2. ) to criticize someone or something in a very severe or cruel way …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 8 flay — (v.) O.E. flean to skin (strong verb, pt. flog, pp. flagen), from P.Gmc. *flakhanan (Cf. M.Du. vlaen, O.H.G. flahan, O.N. fla), from PIE root *pleik (Cf. Gk. plessein to strike, Lith. pleЕЎiu to tear; see …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 flay — vb *skin, decorticate, peel, pare Analogous words: *abrade, excoriate, chafe: rack, torture, torment, *afflict: chastise, castigate, *punish …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 10 flay — ► VERB 1) strip the skin from (a body or carcass). 2) whip or beat harshly. 3) criticize harshly. DERIVATIVES flayer noun. ORIGIN Old English …

    English terms dictionary

  • 11 flay — [flā] vt. [ME flan < OE flean, akin to MDu vlaen, ON fla < IE base * plēk̑ , to tear off > FLITCH] 1. to strip off the skin or hide of, as by whipping 2. to criticize or scold mercilessly 3. to rob; pillage …

    English World dictionary

  • 12 Flay — Recorded as Flea, Fleay, Fley, Flay, Flye, Flyee, and possibly others, this is an English surname. It was originally a nickname for a small person, or perhaps on occasion and given the robust humour of the medieval period, the complete opposite.… …

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  • 13 flay — [[t]fle͟ɪ[/t]] flays, flaying, flayed 1) VERB When someone flays an animal or person, they remove their skin, usually when they are dead. [V n] They had to flay the great, white, fleecy animals and cut them up for food... [V n] To remain together …

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  • 14 flay — UK [fleɪ] / US verb [transitive] Word forms flay : present tense I/you/we/they flay he/she/it flays present participle flaying past tense flayed past participle flayed 1) to hit or whip a person or animal severely, so that the skin is broken 2)… …

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  • 15 flay — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English flen, from Old English flēan; akin to Old Norse flā to flay, Lithuanian plėšti to tear Date: before 12th century 1. to strip off the skin or surface of ; skin 2. to criticize harshly ; excoriate 3. lash… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 flay — flayer, n. /flay/, v.t. 1. to strip off the skin or outer covering of. 2. to criticize or scold with scathing severity. 3. to deprive or strip of money or property. [bef. 900; ME flen, OE flean; c. MD vlaen, ON fla] Syn. 2. castigate, excoriate,… …

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  • 17 flay — I Yorkshire Dialect Frighten II Cleveland Dialect List to fright or terrify III North Country (Newcastle) Words to frighten; flay d affrighted, terrified, timorous: Aw s flayed …

    English dialects glossary

  • 18 flay — [[t]fleɪ[/t]] v. t. 1) to strip off the skin or outer covering of, as by whipping 2) to criticize or scold with scathing severity 3) to lash • Etymology: bef. 900; ME flen, OE flēan flay′er, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 flay — /fleɪ / (say flay) verb (t) 1. to strip off the skin or outer covering of. 2. to criticise or reprove with scathing severity. 3. to strip of money or property; fleece. {Middle English flen, Old English flēan} –flayer, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 flay — verb /fleɪ/ a) to strip skin off b) to lash …

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