from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A piece or strip, as of skin or vegetable rind, that has been peeled off.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of removing the outer surface in strips.
  • n. Strips of an outer rind or surface that has been removed.
  • v. Present participle of peel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of stripping off the skin, rind, or bark of a thing; the stripping off of an outer covering or rind.
  • n. That which is stripped off; rind, peel or skin stripped from the object which it covered or to which it belonged: as, potato-peelings.
  • n. In printing, the art or act of removing from an impression-surface one or more layers of a paper overlay, to make a lighter impression.

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

  • n. loss of bits of outer skin by peeling or shedding or coming off in scales


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  • Next door to UN headquarters, 40 teenagers are sitting on rickety wooden chairs in a Catholic-mission library, where paint is peeling from the walls.

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  • But the ancient man doing the peeling is unaware of the chemical composition of onion cells.

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  • Once all the tomatoes have been blanched, begin peeling and crushing them.

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  • And, as Gibney adroitly shows in peeling away the layers, cheating is rarely mentioned or suspected because the appearance of purity makes it hard for most observers to even conceive of.

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  • While watching him flinch and squirm from those constricting canards pinching at the short n 'curlies, other Bushian roof tiles and siding have begun peeling from the edifice at an alarming rate.

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  • Most US A's have extensive experience in peeling off one of a conspiracy to turn on the others and then, according to the logic Bart accepted, the value of that large number of suppressed voters would be restored (as well as the many statutes that could be used to prosecute such a conspiracy).


  • (Even worse, it was a personalized sweater with her name peeling off the back.)

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  • Now that ain't bad for a kid who found his calling peeling potatoes at Mr. Gees.


  • I was standing at the counter waiting for my receipt, absently scratching my upper arm where the peeling is the worst.

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  • Is the press falling for these carefully calculated tidbits, what David Gergen would call peeling back the curtain just a little bit?

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