from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To strip off the skin or outer covering of.
- transitive v. To strip of money or goods; fleece.
- transitive v. To whip or lash.
- transitive v. To assail with stinging criticism; excoriate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To cause to fly; put to flight; drive off (by frightening).
- v. To frighten; scare; terrify.
- v. To be fear-stricken.
- n. A fright; a scare.
- n. Fear; a source of fear; a formidable matter; a fearsome or repellent-looking individual.
- v. to strip skin off
- v. to lash
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To skin; to strip off the skin or surface of
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To skin; strip off the skin of: as, to flay an ox.
- To strip off, in a general sense.
- To cause to fly; put to flight.
- To frighten.
- To be fear-struck.
- n. Fright; fear.
- n. A kick; a random blow; a fit of ill humor.
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- v. strip the skin off
Middle English flen, from Old English flēan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English flayen, flaien, fleien, from Old English *flīeġan ("to cause to fly, put to flight, frighten"; found only in compounds: āflīeġan), from Proto-Germanic *flaugijanan (“to let fly, cause to fly”), causitive of Proto-Germanic *fleuganan (“to fly”), from Proto-Indo-European *plew-k-, *plew- (“to run, flow, swim, fly”). Cognate with Old High German arflaugjan ("to frighten, cause to flee"; whence Middle High German ervlougen ("to put to flight, drive away, expel")), Icelandic fleygja ("to throw away, discard"), Gothic 𐌿𐍃-𐍆𐌻𐌰𐌿𐌲𐌾𐌰𐌽 (us-flaugjan, "to cause to fly"). (Wiktionary)
From Old English flean from Proto-Germanic *flakhanan. Cognate with Old Norse flá ("to flay"), whence Danish flå. (Wiktionary)