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"peel" in British English

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peelverb

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 (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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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)

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peelverb

us   /pil/
  • 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.
(Definition of peel from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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