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peel

verb uk   us   /piːl/

peel verb (FOOD)

B2 [T] to remove the skin of fruit and vegetables: Peel, core and chop the apples.
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peel verb (COVERING)

C2 [I or T, usually + adv/prep] If a layer or covering peels, it slowly comes off, and if you peel a layer or covering, you remove it slowly and carefully: We peeled the wallpaper off the walls. Peel off the backing strip and press the label down firmly. The posters were peeling away from the damp walls. The new paint is already starting to crack and peel.

peel verb (BODY)

[I] If you peel, or part of your body or your skin peels, parts of the top layer of your skin comes off because you are burned from being in the sun: My back is peeling.
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peel

noun [U] uk   us   /piːl/
the skin of fruit and vegetables, especially after it has been removed: apple peel potato peel The dessert was decorated with strips of lemon peel. What shall I do with the peel?
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