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 pulling it up:
peel something from something: He peeled a $100 bill from a big roll of money.
peel something off/away/back: To fasten the envelope first peel off the strip of paper along the edge.
3. ) intransitive if something peels, small pieces of it or of something covering it start to become separated from it:
The paint on the door is beginning to peel.
Her sunburn was so bad that her shoulders were peeling.
keep your eyes peeled SPOKEN
used for telling someone to look carefully so that they notice someone or something
,peel `off phrasal verb
1. ) transitive to remove a tight or wet piece of clothing:
The kids peeled off their wet clothes.
2. ) peel off or peel away intransitive to start moving in a different direction from the people or vehicles that you are with:
One by one the aircraft started to peel off.
,peel `out phrasal verb intransitive INFORMAL
to suddenly make a car start moving very quickly so that it makes a lot of noise:
peel out of: She peeled out of the parking lot.
peel
peel 2 [ pil ] noun count or uncount
the skin of a fruit or vegetable:
an orange peel

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Peel — Peel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Peeled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Peeling}.] [F. peler to pull out the hair, to strip, to peel, fr. L. pilare to deprive of hair, fr. pilus a hair; or perh. partly fr. F. peler to peel off the skin, perh. fr. L. pellis skin (cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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