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  • n. Plural form of flaying.


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  • A charmer with glinty umber eyes and a disarming crescent grin, his acceptance was doled out in niblets, treats passed to dogs standing stiff before the judges, trained to gladly suffer the verbal public flayings endured in between.

    1997: What I Wanted

  • Her conversation dwelt, dully, on fates that could befall you; beatings, twistings, flayings.

    Hilary Mantel Comma

  • Which explains why Melissa's new column, "Horror Chick," has become such a favorite over at The Awl, where she writes with gusto about dismemberments, flayings, hangings, stabbings, impalings, devourings, eviscerations and the odd demonic possession.

    Horror Chick: Why Do We Like Scary Movies?

  • The slave owners came down brutally, even for them: hangings, beatings, even flayings, punishments for the slightest whiff of voodoo.

    The Faculty Club

  • No state accounted for more than 12% of total flayings.

    Strategic Management in Developing Countries Case Studies

  • The book's author lingered lovingly over impalements and flayings and tortures visited on a generation unlucky enough to have lived when the Free Companies of Khatovar marched out of that strange corner of the world that spawned them.

    Shadow Games

  • I had seen a man impaled, and flayings, and other things.

    The Persian Boy

  • Quit the classic sacred soil of Greece, let the flayings, and burnings, and impalings of that people cease, and oh! shocking to humanity, the ripping up of pregnant women, and the hewing up of their infant babes, and other acts yet worse than these -- too horrid to relate.

    The Life of Thomas, Lord Cochrane, Tenth Earl of Dundonald, Vol. II

  • He seemed to derive a species of careless enjoyment from the recollection of his "flayings."

    Mohun, or, the Last Days of Lee

  • Repeated flayings in the tabloid press from 2005 onwards - his fans loving his Keith Richards-esque behaviour, his detractors revelling in his destruction - took its toll on Doherty.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed


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