EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FLAY
I've a right to the money, and I'll flay him alive if I don't get it!
He drew out his knife and ripping the otter up he began to flay him.
His invectives and vituperations bite and flay like steel whips.
They strip them bare, flay them and cut away the flesh about the foot.
To flay off your skin, that I may make me a warm cap against the winter.
Your string will flay your arm ere you reach your up-shot this day.
Flay me an ape incontinent, to clap him to the dukes breast!
Tom surprised her in this tempest, and laughed at her until she longed to flay him.
What fatality in the utterance of a single name—what power to flay!
Even with the knowledge that Conetta must suffer with the rest of us, I could not flay him as he deserved.
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.
MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FLAY
- bawl out
- chew out
- come down on
- drag over the coals
- dress down
- jump down one's throat
- lay out
- lean on
- read the riot act