flay (v.) Look up flay at Dictionary.com
Old English flean "to skin, to flay" (strong verb, past tense flog, past participle flagen), from Proto-Germanic *flahan (cognates: Middle Dutch vlaen, Old High German flahan, Old Norse fla), from PIE root *pl(e)ik-, *pleik- "to tear, rend" (cognates: Lithuanian plešiu "to tear"). Related: Flayed; flaying.