Etymology
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flay (v.)

Old English flean "to skin, to flay" (strong verb, past tense flog, past participle flagen), from Proto-Germanic *flahan (source also of Middle Dutch vlaen, Old High German flahan, Old Norse fla), from PIE root *pl(e)ik-, *pleik- "to tear, rend" (source also of Lithuanian plėšti "to tear"). Related: Flayed; flaying.

updated on January 25, 2018

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Definitions of flay from WordNet

flay (v.)
strip the skin off;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.