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English definition of “flay”

flay

verb [T] uk   /fleɪ/ us  
to remove the skin from a person's or animal's bodyRemoving and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere to whip a person or animal so hard that some of their skin comes off: figurative The critics really flayed (= severely criticized) his new book.Punishing by causing painHitting and beatingPunishing and punishments
(Definition of flay from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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