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English definition of “peel”

peel

verb  /pil/ us  

peel verb (REMOVE VEGETABLE/FRUIT SKIN)

[T] to remove the skin of fruit and vegetables: Peel, core, and chop the apples.

peel verb (REMOVE COVERING)

[I/T] to remove a covering slowly and carefully, or of a covering to come off: [T always + adv/prep] We peeled the wallpaper off the walls. [I] My back is peeling from that sunburn I got last weekend. [I/T] If you peel off clothing, you take it off: [M] Ramon peeled his sweaty shirt off and hung it on a chair to dry.
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