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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
peel
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
banana peel
paint peels/flakes
▪ The paint was starting to peel off the window frame.
peel an apple (=remove the skin)
▪ Peel the apples and slice them finely.
peel potatoes (=cut the skin off them)
▪ Peel and slice the potatoes.
peeling/flaking paint (=starting to come off a surface because it is old)
▪ She lived in a gloomy old building with peeling paint on the walls.
Peel...oranges
Peel the oranges and divide them into segments.
your skin peels (=the top layer comes off after you have had a sun tan )
▪ The week after the holiday my skin was already starting to peel.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
apple
▪ Towards the end she watched him peel an apple with deliberate care.
▪ Puny started slicing the peeled apples.
▪ I also admired the way he could peel an apple with the skin in one piece, coiled like a spring.
▪ By the time Christopher had peeled all the apples, she had the oven heating and the pastry rolled.
▪ Then again, they peel their apples with fancy, little knives instead of savaging them with their gnashers.
carrot
▪ I peeled a carrot and opened a can of sardines.
▪ Add an onion, chopped in half, a few celery ribs and a couple of peeled carrots.
layer
▪ If you are careful, you can peel back the layers of mud and uncover the rest of the hidden trail.
▪ This second token is doubly encrypted, and users pass it along after peeling off one layer of encryption.
▪ The room was hot and airless and I had to peel off my layers of reject golfing sweaters, one by one.
▪ As I peeled away the layers of the past, their life grew more confounding and the enigma expanded.
onion
▪ It's like trying to peel an onion.
▪ Because their learning was iterative, much like peeling an onion, we revisit some issues time and again.
paint
▪ The windows were all shuttered and what paint was left was peeling off in huge flakes.
▪ The paint was peeling on the window frames and the city dust and cobwebs seemed to have collected in every corner.
▪ Cartiers and snide Cartiers with the paint peeling off.
▪ Now most of the paint had been peeled away by successive seasons of sun and rain.
▪ The paint and plaster were peeling and the names on the eight-bell pushes were faded.
potato
▪ If the potatoes have been peeled the cooking water can be used for sauces or soups.
pound
▪ It works at first, and pounds peel off.
skin
▪ Then I started to be sick and my skin started to peel and drop off.
▪ Then the damaged skin peels off.
▪ Another one had had the skin peeled off his bones.
▪ Their skin peeled away and shrivelled while tears of agony rolled from their little red eyes.
▪ By then her husband's skin was peeling and covered in blisters.
▪ Now she cut the skin, peeled it back carefully, divided the orange into sections.
■ VERB
keep
▪ One final word on buying components, keep your eyes peeled for products that are about to be discontinued.
▪ We keep our eyes peeled for Forest Service Road 670.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
keep your eyes peeled/skinned
▪ But if you mean to stick around on the planet for a bit, you need to keep your eyes skinned.
▪ He had kept his eyes peeled.
▪ He pedalled along the canal bank quite slowly, keeping his eyes skinned for signs of defunct animal life.
▪ If you are interested, keep your eyes peeled for nomination lists to that effect.
▪ One final word on buying components, keep your eyes peeled for products that are about to be discontinued.
▪ She still kept her eyes skinned for people coming up the drive though.
▪ The village was in complete wilderness, our toilet a local bush - keeping our eyes peeled for lions!
▪ We keep our eyes peeled for Forest Service Road 670.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Could you peel an orange for me?
▪ I got sunburned, and now my face is peeling.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He peeled off his T-shirt, revealing a chunky tanned torso that reeked of Lifebuoy soap.
▪ He undid his buttons, and peeled off his shirt.
▪ Reno unfolded herself, pushed her bulk out of the car, and peeled her dresses off the back seat.
▪ So I peeled the label from the tube and threw my blood away.
▪ The windows were all shuttered and what paint was left was peeling off in huge flakes.
▪ Then he began to peel back the brittle newspapers, Father Tim saw that the date on the Mitford Muse was 1952.
▪ You could also drop mothballs or peeled garlic cloves or sprinkle hot pepper into the tunnels.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
lemon
▪ Back in the cabin I mix the berries with sugar and lemon peel, then roll out the pie crusts.
▪ Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon peel.
▪ And they ate Papparadelle Ripiene stuffed with goat cheese and Parmesan and covered with a grated lemon peel and cream sauce.
▪ Combine ground walnuts, garlic, lemon peel, cayenne and cinnamon with little salt.
▪ Garnished with a twist of lemon peel or a single green olive, the martini is one of the more simple cocktails.
orange
▪ Pour the juice and grated orange peel, and the honey and salt over the fruit.
▪ He slipped on an orange peel, fell, and succumbed to complications.
▪ The woman was at a table at the other end of the vehicle tidying away the orange peel.
▪ They dug in garbage piles, looking for anything at all, banana skins, orange peels, discarded greens.
▪ Great idea: before grating orange or lemon peel, run the grater under the cold tap to prevent sticking.
▪ Add raisins and chocolate and orange peel, if used, and cook for 1 minute.
▪ The room was badly ventilated, and the floor was strewn with nut shells and orange peel.
▪ Homemade cranberry sauce with slivers of almonds and pieces of orange peel.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a banana peel
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Add boiling water, sugar, spices, citrus juice and citrus peel.
▪ Add the peel and boil slowly until all the sugar syrup is pretty much absorbed.
▪ Add the wine and lemon peel to the olive oil and simmer for 2 minutes.
▪ Back in the cabin I mix the berries with sugar and lemon peel, then roll out the pie crusts.
▪ Drain the peel, refill the pot and boil the peel for 20 minutes more.
▪ Meanwhile place apples, water, peel and soft brown sugar and cinnamon in a pan and simmer until tender.
▪ Meanwhile, marinate the almonds, sultanas and peel in the rum for 30 minutes.
▪ The room was badly ventilated, and the floor was strewn with nut shells and orange peel.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Peel

Peel \Peel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Peeled; p. pr. & vb. n. Peeling.] [F. peler to pull out the hair, to strip, to peel, fr. L. pilare to deprive of hair, fr. pilus a hair; or perh. partly fr. F. peler to peel off the skin, perh. fr. L. pellis skin (cf. Fell skin). Cf. Peruke.]

  1. To strip off the skin, bark, or rind of; to strip by drawing or tearing off the skin, bark, husks, etc.; to flay; to decorticate; as, to peel an orange.

    The skillful shepherd peeled me certain wands.
    --Shak.

  2. To strip or tear off; to remove by stripping, as the skin of an animal, the bark of a tree, etc.

Peel

Peel \Peel\, n. The skin or rind; as, the peel of an orange.

Peel

Peel \Peel\, v. t. [Confused with peel to strip, but fr. F. piller to pillage. See Pill to rob, Pillage.] To plunder; to pillage; to rob. [Obs.]

But govern ill the nations under yoke, Peeling their provinces.
--Milton.

Peel

Peel \Peel\, n. [F. pelle, L. pala.] A spadelike implement, variously used, as for removing loaves of bread from a baker's oven; also, a T-shaped implement used by printers and bookbinders for hanging wet sheets of paper on lines or poles to dry. Also, the blade of an oar.

Peel

Peel \Peel\, v. i. To lose the skin, bark, or rind; to come off, as the skin, bark, or rind does; -- often used with an adverb; as, the bark peels easily or readily.

Peel

Peel \Peel\, n. [OE. pel. Cf. Pile a heap.] A small tower, fort, or castle; a keep. [Scot.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
peel

"to strip off," developed from Old English pilian "to peel, skin, decorticate, strip the skin or ring," and Old French pillier, both from Latin pilare "to strip of hair," from pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)). Probably also influenced by Latin pellis "skin, hide." Related: Peeled; peeling. Figurative expression keep (one's) eyes peeled be observant, be on the alert" is from 1853, American English.

peel

"shovel-shaped instrument" used by bakers, etc., c.1400, from Old French pele (Modern French pelle) "shovel," from Latin pala "spade, shovel, baker's peel," of unknown origin.

peel

piece of rind or skin, 1580s, from earlier pill, pile (late 14c.), from peel (v.)).

Wiktionary
peel

Etymology 1 n. 1 (label en usually uncountable) The skin or outer layer of a fruit, vegetable, etc. 2 (label en countable rugby) The action of peeling away from a formation. 3 (label en countable) cosmetic preparation designed to remove dead skin or exfoliate. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To remove the skin or outer covering of. 2 (context transitive English) To remove from the outer or top layer of. 3 (context intransitive English) To become detached, come away, especially in flakes or strips; to shed skin in such a way. 4 (context intransitive English) To remove one's clothing. 5 (context intransitive English) To move, separate (off or away) Etymology 2

n. 1 (context obsolete English) A stake. 2 (context obsolete English) A fence made of stakes; a stockade. 3 (context archaic English) A small tower, fort, or castle; a keep. Etymology 3

n. 1 A shovel or similar instrument, now especially a pole with a flat disc at the end used for removing loaves of bread from a baker's oven. 2 A T-shaped implement used by printers and bookbinders for hanging wet sheets of paper on lines or poles to dry. 3 (context archaic US English) The blade of an oar. Etymology 4

n. 1 (context Scotland and curling English) An equal or match; a draw. 2 (context curling English) A takeout which removes a stone from play as well as the delivered stone. Etymology 5

vb. (context croquet English) To send through a hoop (of a ball other than one's own). Etymology 6

vb. (misspelling of peal nodot=1 English): to sound loudly. Etymology 7

vb. (context archaic transitive English) To plunder; to pillage, rob.

WordNet
peel
  1. n. the tissue forming the hard outer layer (of e.g. a fruit) [syn: skin, rind]

  2. British politician (1788-1850) [syn: Robert Peel, Sir Robert Peel]

  3. the rind of a fruit or vegetable [syn: skin]

peel
  1. v. strip the skin off; "pare apples" [syn: skin, pare]

  2. come off in flakes or thin small pieces; "The paint in my house is peeling off" [syn: peel off, flake off, flake]

  3. get undressed; "please don't undress in front of everybody!"; "She strips in front of strangers every night for a living" [syn: undress, discase, uncase, unclothe, strip, strip down, disrobe] [ant: dress, dress]

Wikipedia
Peel

Peel or Peeling may refer to:

  • Peel (fruit), rind or skin
Peel (Montreal Metro)

Peel is a station on the Green Line of the Montreal Metro rapid transit system, operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). It is downtown in the borough of Ville-Marie in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The station opened on October 14, 1966, as part of the original network of the Metro.

Peel (software)

Peel is an MP3 blog reader/player/browser for Mac OS X. After you input an MP3 blog's URL, Peel generates a playlist of the available songs. From there, the user is able to listen to the songs, download the songs, and copy them into iTunes.

The program also has a built in web browser for viewing an MP3 blog's website without switching applications.

Peel (band)

Peel is an American indie rock band based in Austin, Texas that was active between 2004-2009. They released the album Peel, in 2007, and the five song EP August Exhaust Pipes, in 2008.

Peel (film)

Peel aka. An Exercise in Discipline - Peel is a 1982 Australian short film directed by Jane Campion. A father along with his son and sister is taking a trip, during which an orange peel has significance. Peel won the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, making Campion the first ever woman to win the award.

Peel (tool)

A peel is a shovel-like tool used by bakers to slide loaves of bread, pizzas, pastries, and other baked goods into and out of an oven. It is usually made of wood, with a flat carrying surface (like a shovel's blade) for holding the baked good and a handle extending from one side of that surface. Alternatively, the carrying surface may be made of sheet metal, which is attached to a wooden handle. Wood has the advantage that it does not become hot enough to burn the user's hands the way metal can, even if it is frequently in the oven. The word presumably derives from the French pelle, which describes both a peel and a shovel.

A peel's intended functions are to:

  • Transfer delicate breads, pastries, et cetera into an oven where transferring them directly by hand could deform their delicate structure.
  • Allow food to be placed further back in an oven than could normally be reached by the baker.
  • Keep the baker's hands out of the hottest part of an oven, or prevent the baker from burning their hands on the hot baked goods.

Prior to use, peels are often sprinkled with flour, cornmeal, or milled wheat bran, to allow baked goods to easily slide onto and off them.

There are peels of many sizes, with the length of the handle suited to the depth of the oven, and the size of the carrying surface suited to the size of the food it is meant to carry (for instance, slightly larger than the diameter of a pizza). Household peels commonly have handles around 15 cm long and carrying surfaces around 35 cm square, though handles range in length from vestigial (~6 centimeters) to extensive (~1.5 meters or more), and carrying surfaces range in size from miniature (~12 centimeters square) to considerably wide (1 meter square or more).

Peel (Western Australia)

The Peel region is one of the nine regions of Western Australia. It is located on the west coast of Western Australia, about 75 km south of the state capital, Perth. It consists of the City of Mandurah, and the Shires of Boddington, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale and Waroona.

It has a total area of 6,648 km², and a population of about 88,000 people, of whom around two-thirds live in Mandurah

The economy of the Peel region is dominated by mining and mineral processing; the area has large reserves of bauxite, some gold and mineral sands, and an aluminium refinery. Other important economic sectors include agriculture and a substantial equine industry.

Before European settlement, the Peel region was inhabited by Indigenous Australians, specifically the Pindjarup dialect group of the Noongar people. Shortly after the establishment of the Swan River Colony in 1829, part of the northern coastal area of the Peel region was settled under a program known as the Peel Settlement Scheme, organised by Thomas Peel. However the scheme was poorly administered, and many settlers died of malnutrition in the first few months. The surviving settlers abandoned the area, with some moving inland where they found fertile soil.

In 1846, Western Australia's first mining operation was established at Yarrabah (near present-day Mundijong, mining lead, silver and zinc. The Jarrahdale timber mill, established in May 1872, became the state's largest timber operation, and led to the development of service centres for the timber industry along the Perth–Picton railway line at Mundijong, Waroona and Dwellingup. In recent times, the timber industry has declined, but the establishment of alumina refineries at Pinjarra and Wagerup, and gold mines at Boddington, have helped the local economy.

Peel (federal electoral district)

Peel was a federal electoral district represented in the Canadian House of Commons from 1867 to 1968. It was located in the province of Ontario. It was created by the British North America Act of 1867.

It consisted of the Townships of Chinguacousy, Toronto, and the Gore of Toronto, and the Villages of Brampton and Streetsville.

In 1903, it was redefined to consist of the county of Peel.

The electoral district was abolished in 1966 when it was redistributed between Peel South and Peel—Dufferin ridings.

Peel (provincial electoral district)

Peel was a provincial riding in Central Ontario, Canada. It elected one member to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. It was created in 1867 for the area west of Toronto going north from Lake Ontario to Caledon.

Peel (fruit)

Peel, also known as rind or skin, is the outer protective layer of a fruit or vegetable which can be peeled off. The rind is usually the botanical exocarp, but the term exocarp does also include the hard cases of nuts, which are not named peels since they are not peeled off by hand or peeler, but rather shells because of their hardness.

A fruit with a thick peel, such as a citrus fruit, is called a hesperidium. In hesperidiums, the inner layer (also called albedo or, among non-botanists, pith) is peeled off together with the outer layer (called flavedo), and together they are called the peel. The flavedo and albedo, respectively, are the exocarp and the mesocarp. The juicy layer inside the peel (containing the seeds) is the endocarp.

Peel (US band)

Peel were a band formed by former Ridel High singer Kevin Ridel in 1999 after the breakup of Ridel High. Ridel recruited SteveLeRoy of Ridel High on guitar, Matt Fuller later replaced SteveLeRoy on guitar and finally Joe Higgins ( AM Radio ) on drums. Peel recorded and released one album titled 'Blindside' produced by Face to Face singer Trever Keith, track 6 on the album "Facelift" was previously released as a Ridel High song on the 2000 compilation cd "Happy Meals 2" Blindside was recorded in tribute Kevin's dad, Gerald “Jerry” Ridel.

Peel were active until 2001, Kevin Ridel then took Joe Higgins with him and went on to form AM Radio in 2001 who remain active until this very day.

Usage examples of "peel".

In 1851 they were the persistent and acrimonious opponents of freedom, religious, political, and commercial, and by their eloquence stimulated those who sympathised with them, and incensed those who believed that a great economical victory had been accomplished by the free-trade legislation of Sir Robert Peel, which was irreversible.

In the commons Sir Robert Peel threw himself, acrimoniously, and with all his energy, into this controversy, and used all the exploded arguments of the protectionists with the air of one who for the first time urged them upon the house.

Only tomorrow, Adamantine Employer, part of the multitude peels off for New Athens.

On the 9th of February, the day on which Sir Robert Peel had announced he would develop the ministerial plan for the alteration of the corn-laws, extraordinary interest was exhibited both in and out of the house of commons.

Irish members and their supporters, that, on the 1st of July, Sir Robert Peel announced that it was abandoned by government.

Un-adorned metal boxes, beaders use minute particles of glass oxide impact beads and around eighty pounds of air pressure to blast rust and peeling paint off car parts.

Though its paint was cracked and peeling, the device it bore showed plain: a black bat on a field divided bendwise, silver and gold.

Blend tea, which was mixed secretly in Canton with exact proportions of tea and bergamot peel to give a clean, fruity taste.

Miles peeled back the biotainer wrap from his left wrist, and gritted his teeth as a biocide swab stung and the needle poked.

Before the guard could respond, Bors and Tristran peeled off, looking to kill more Woads.

But then the plaster softened in the brumal rains and peeled away, exposing the name of the architect.

Sanner peeled off one of his caving gloves and waved his bare hand through the air as they continued along the ledge.

But he did ask me to keep my eyes peeled for a cheapish long-case clock.

After Maddie and my nerves settled down, I stared at Cher hard enough to peel paint as she appeared in both proxy and OSP.

Sparks peeled back off it as it dropped, smoke coiling in the trail it made through the empty air.