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Definition of "flay" []

  • To strip off the skin or outer covering of. (verb-transitive)
  • To strip of money or goods; fleece. (verb-transitive)
  • To whip or lash. (verb-transitive)
  • To assail with stinging criticism; excoriate. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "flay" in a sentence
  • "Looks like someone's cosy old granny and has a tongue that would flay a kangaroo."
  • "Would Michelle flay the bannana prior to she cooking it?"
  • ""Merciless, cruel, and unforgiving," wrote Angela Carter a more obvious admirer in her 1982 preface to this edition: "Stead has a rare capacity to flay the reader's sensibilities.""