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  • v. To separate off from the main body, to move off to one side; as in troop movements on a parade ground or an organized retreat, or columns in a procession.
  • v. To remove (an outer layer or covering, such as clothing).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. leave a formation
  • v. peel off the outer layer of something
  • v. come off in flakes or thin small pieces
  • v. peel off in scales
  • v. take off, as with some difficulty


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  • In the morning, Popo would use her sharp fingernails like tweezers and peel off the dead membranes.

    The Joy Luck Club

  • He turned and looked down at that boy like he was ready to peel off Alvin's skin and feed it to him raw.

    He Don't Know Him

  • Unembarrassed, she watched him peel off his shirt, boots and breeches, leaning against the half-open window into her drawing room as he toweled the worst of the mud off.

    The Thorn Birds

  • Commander Cherrystone gave them permission to peel off their boots and air their feet.

    Son of a Witch

  • Hamish selected a foilwrapped Penguin chocolate biscuit and began to peel off the wrapping with maddening slowness.

    Death of a Scriptwriter

  • When other members pooh-poohed the engineer’s report, insisting that walls don’t just peel off houses, I told them the story about the Giant Dollhouse.


  • In a standard work on natural history it is asserted that the natives remove the overlapping plates of tortoiseshell from the hawks-bill by lighting a fire on the back of the creature, causing them to peel off easily.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  •   “Well, peel off those beggar’s weeds and wash in the cauldron room, just there; I won’t have you staining her fancyfart’s good livery with your dirty limbs,” said the housekeeper.

    Son of a Witch

  • Lanowski had been the first of the scientific team to reach them on the foredeck, joining the crew members who had guided down the helicopter winch and were now helping Jack and Costas to peel off their E-suits.

    Crusader Gold

  • Miniskirts have their disadvantages; the days of stockings one could peel off easily are over.

    The Thorn Birds


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