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flay



flay [ fley ]
transitive verb ]
MEANING :
1. to whip or lash
2. to take the skin off in strips
3. to fleece or strip of money or goods
4. to scold or criticize with scathing severity
USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
In the old days punishment was so severe that people who stole food were flayed in public.
USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
This populism ignores the fact that few householders, however protective of their possessions, want a license to flay, torture, spit-roast or feed to the cats any malefactor with designs on their flat-screen televisions. 

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