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flay

verb A nonmedical term meaning to excoriate or strip away the skin by repeated blows with a strap, especially by whipping.

flay

to strip off the skin.
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If the doctor dared stand with us, I feared the flaying would begin again in earnest.
A DUTCHMAN has been accused of murdering his mother, flaying her and then cloaking himself in her skin during a street festival.
The most offensive part of Gilmour's review is his contention that the unseen monster in this "horror flick" is God because "only a monster would demand beatings, flaying of flesh, crowning with thorns, and crucifixion"
It's one of the very few fleeting moments in which the two aren't viciously gnashing their incisors at one another or flaying shreds of each other's psychic flesh.
If work-a-day blues are flaying your nerves and stress is threatening your physical well-being, the remedy may not be found in a bottle, box, or medicine cabinet.
Most unkind is the flaying of the curator, as if the artist were done in by the very person who wants to praise him.