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verb as in remove skin, bark, hide, etc.

verb as in criticize


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He was captured and—despite loud calls to flay him alive, lynch him, tear him apart, and the like—given a lengthy trial.

The Chicago Tribune took every chance to flay Truman, as The Wall Street Journal daily flays Obama.

Whoever advised President Obama to flay Israel publicly until this week should be fired.

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If one of you dare utter a syllable against this holy man, by Heaven, I will flay him alive.

But what, it may be asked, is the worth and use of a satire that drags out vices from their hiding-holes to flay them in sunshine?

But the personal aggression on the wit by the dunce, may fairly instigate the wit to flay the dunce.

He cuts off the head, grallochs the stag and begins to flay it.

And when that tongue gets going it can certainly flay a man alive, remarked Wheeler.

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On this page you'll find 35 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to flay, such as: excoriate, peel, scalp, and skin.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.