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verb peel pronunciation in British English /piːl/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepeeling
past tensepeeled
past participlepeeled
  1. 1
    [transitive] to remove the skin from a fruit or vegetable

    First peel the potatoes and cut them in half.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to remove something from the surface of something else, especially by taking one end or side and pulling it up
    peel something from something:

    He peeled a £50 note from a big roll of money.

    peel something off/away/back:

    To fasten the envelope first peel off the strip of paper along the edge.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] if something peels, small pieces of it or of something covering it start to become separated from it

    The paint in the hall is beginning to peel.

    Her sunburn was so bad that her shoulders were peeling.

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