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English definition of “flay sb alive”

flay sb alive

informal
to punish or tell someone off severely: I'll be flayed alive when she finds out!Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beatingChastising and rebuking
(Definition of flay sb alive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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