What does the word flay mean?

Usage examples for flay

  1. A truly ingenious and original idea to flay a birch tree and make a boat of its skin! – Boating by W. B. Woodgate Commentator: Harvey Mason
  2. But as I have wished only to shear and not to flay you, I desire now that all the poison may turn into sweetmeats for you. – Stories from Pentamerone by Giambattista Basile
  3. Only remember, that if you don't atone for that crust within three years, I'll flay you alive! – The First Distiller by Leo Tolstoy