peel something away/off

peel something away/off
remove a thin outer covering.

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  • peel — peel1 verb 1》 remove the outer covering or skin from (a fruit, vegetable, etc.). 2》 (of a surface) lose parts of its outer layer or covering in small strips or pieces.     ↘come off in strips or small pieces. 3》 (peel something away/off) remove a …   English new terms dictionary

  • peel — peel1 [pi:l] v [Date: 1200 1300; : Latin; Origin: pilare to remove the hair from , from pilus hair ] 1.) [T] to remove the skin from fruit or vegetables ▪ Peel and dice the potatoes. 2.) if skin, paper, or paint peels, it comes off, usually in… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • peel — peel1 [ pil ] verb * 1. ) transitive to remove the skin from a fruit or vegetable: First peel the potatoes and cut them in half. 2. ) transitive to remove something from the surface of something else, especially by taking one end or side and… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • peel — I UK [piːl] / US [pɪl] verb Word forms peel : present tense I/you/we/they peel he/she/it peels present participle peeling past tense peeled past participle peeled * 1) [transitive] to remove the skin from a fruit or vegetable First peel the… …   English dictionary

  • peel — 1 verb 1 (T) to remove the skin from fruit or vegetables: peeling potatoes 2 peel sth from/away/off etc (transitive always + adv/prep) to remove the outer layer from something: Jessie peeled the wrapper from the sweet. 3 (I) a) to lose an outer… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • peel — I. verb Etymology: Middle English pelen, from Anglo French peler, from Latin pilare to remove the hair from, from pilus hair Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to strip off an outer layer of < peel an orange > 2. to remove by stripping < pee …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • peel — [[t]pi͟ːl[/t]] peels, peeling, peeled 1) N UNCOUNT The peel of a fruit such as a lemon or an apple is its skin. ...grated lemon peel. N COUNT You can also refer to a peel. [AM] ...a banana peel. 2) VERB When you peel fruit or vegetables, you… …   English dictionary

  • peel off — verb 1. peel off the outer layer of something (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑skin, ↑peel, ↑pare • Hyponyms: ↑exfoliate • Verb Frames: Somebody s something …   Useful english dictionary

  • peel — I [[t]pil[/t]] v. t. 1) to strip (something) of its skin, rind, bark, etc 2) to strip away from something: to peel paint from a car[/ex] 3) (of skin, bark, paint, etc.) to come off in pieces 4) to lose the skin, rind, bark, paint, etc 5) inf… …   From formal English to slang

  • take off — verb 1. leave (Freq. 15) The family took off for Florida • Syn: ↑depart, ↑part, ↑start, ↑start out, ↑set forth, ↑set off, ↑set out …   Useful english dictionary

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