from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as flesh-split: commonly applied to sheepskin.
  • noun A butcher.
  • noun An executioner.
  • noun In leather manufacturing, one who fleshes hides.
  • noun A tool used to flesh hides.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A butcher.
  • noun A two-handled, convex, blunt-edged knife, for scraping hides; a fleshing knife.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who removes the flesh from the skin during the making of leather.
  • noun A tool used to remove the flesh from the skin during the making of leather.


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  • When my mother had got her fish laid at the bottom of the creel, she next went to the "flesher" for her butcher-meat.

    James Nasmyth: Engineer, An Autobiography. Nasmyth, James 1885

  • But other researchers soon proved nature could create fractures just like those at Old Crow with embarrassing ease, and redated in the 1980s the caribou tibia flesher proved to be only 1,350 years old.

    North America's Vast Legacy 1999

  • The mammoth remains found with the flesher appeared to have been flaked and fractured, like artifacts.

    North America's Vast Legacy 1999

  • Man, the daftest-like ideas tak 'a haud o' me whiles -- juist like a flesher grippin 'a sheep by the horns -- an', do what I like, I canna get oot o 'their grips.

    My Man Sandy J. B. Salmond

  • 'A mutchkin o 'usquebaugh for ilka man,' shouted a burly flesher, 'tis mair heartenin'.

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease

  • Butcher, originally a dealer in goat's flesh, Fr. bouc, has ousted flesher.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley 1909

  • Metzger, Schlechter; but our flesher has been absorbed by Fletcher, a maker of arrows, Fr. flêche.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley 1909

  • "Half a pound o 'boiling beef, an' a penny bone," was Leeby's almost invariable order when she dealt with the flesher, and Jess had always neighbours poorer than herself who got a plateful of the broth.

    A Window in Thrums 1898

  • With him came Skallagrim, driving the two captive viking chiefs before him with his axe, as a flesher drives lambs.

    Eric Brighteyes Henry Rider Haggard 1890

  • Not as I knows of: but a lot of us was catched up all to oncet—Nichol White, ironmonger, and mine hostess of the White Hart, and Emmet Wilson, and Collet Pardue's man, and Fishwick, the flesher, and me.

    All's Well Alice's Victory Emily Sarah Holt 1864


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