hot-rodders’ slang, 1952, perhaps from peel “blade or wash of an oar” (1875, American English), earlier “shovel-shaped instrument” (see peel (n.2). Or it might be from aircraft pilot phrase peel off “veer away from formation” (World War II), or from earlier American English slang peel it “run away at full speed” (1860).
(also peel rubber or peel wheels)To leave quickly; split
[1950s+ Hot rodders; fr the notion of peeling off the tread of a tire]
[peel-awf, -of] /ˈpilˌɔf, -ˌɒf/ adjective 1. designed to be peeled off from a backing or large sheet, usually of paper, before use; readied for use by peeling off: peel-off labels.
/ˈpiːlɪˈwælɪ/ adjective 1. (Scot, slang) off colour; pale and ill-looking: he’s a wee bit peely-wally this morning
[peen] /pin/ noun 1. a wedgelike, spherical, or other striking end of a hammer head opposite the face. verb (used with object) 2. to enlarge, straighten, or smooth with a peen. 3. to strengthen (a metal surface) by light hammering or by bombardment with steel balls or shot. /piːn/ noun 1. the end of a […]
[pey-nuh] /ˈpeɪ nə/ noun 1. a river in NE Germany, flowing E to the Baltic Sea. About 97 miles (155 km) long.