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"peel" in British English

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uk   /piːl/  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 ​backingstrip and ​press the ​label down ​firmly. The ​posters were peeling away from the ​dampwalls. The new ​paint is already ​starting to ​crack and peel.
  • peel verb (BODY)

[I] If you peel, or ​part of ​yourbody or ​yourskin peels, ​parts of the ​toplayer of ​yourskin comes off because you are ​burned from being in the ​sun: My back is peeling.
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peelnoun [U]

uk   /piːl/  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?
(Definition of peel from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"peel" in American English

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 us   /pil/

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

[I/T] to ​remove a ​coveringslowly 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 ​sweatyshirt off and ​hung it on a ​chair to ​dry.
(Definition of peel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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