flay [fleı] v [T]
[: Old English; Origin: flean]
1.) formal to criticize someone very severely
She was well-known for flaying public officials in her daily column.
2.) literary to whip or beat someone very severely
3.) formal to remove the skin from an animal or person, especially one that is dead

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  • flay — [ fleı ] verb transitive 1. ) to hit or whip a person or animal severely, so that the skin is broken a ) to remove the outer layer of something, usually the skin of an animal 2. ) to criticize someone or something in a very severe or cruel way …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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