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[fley] /fleɪ/

verb (used with object)
to strip off the skin or outer covering of.
to criticize or scold with scathing severity.
to deprive or strip of money or property.
verb (transitive)
to strip off the skin or outer covering of, esp by whipping; skin
to attack with savage criticism
to strip of money or goods, esp by cheating or extortion

Old English flean “to skin” (strong verb, past tense flog, past participle flagen), from Proto-Germanic *flakhanan (cf. Middle Dutch vlaen, Old High German flahan, Old Norse fla), from PIE root *plak- (2) “to hit” (cf. Greek plessein “to strike,” Lithuanian plešiu “to tear;” see plague (n.)). Related: Flayed; flaying.


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