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flake off

1. To fall from something in small bits or pieces. Ugh, look at all the glitter that flaked off my birthday cards.
2. To cause something to fall from something else in small bits or pieces. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is usually used between "flake" and "off." Hey, stop touching the wall—you're flaking the paint off it!
3. slang To ignore a planned event or responsibility, often to do something frivolous instead. I flaked off class this afternoon and went to the mall instead.
See also: flake, off

flake off (of) something

[for bits of something] to break away from the whole, perhaps under pressure or because of damage. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Little bits of marble began to flake off the marble steps. Bits flaked off from the whole.
See also: flake, off

flake something off of something

 and flake something off
to make bits or flakes break off from the whole. The sculptor flaked bits of stone off the block, but you could not yet see what the block was going to become. She flaked off a little more.
See also: flake, of, off

flake off

1. To break away from a surface in small, flat pieces: Rust is flaking off of the old pipes. Paint chips are flaking off from the ceiling.
2. Slang To fail to do something out of lack of interest; blow something off: Last night I flaked off doing the dishes because I was tired.
See also: flake, off
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Varnish will not bond to the glass and should just flake off.
It certainly explains why over the years we have had to continually repaint the three pavilions as Portland Stone is porous and would naturally expand and contract causing the paint to flake off.
AS And the paint until it doesn't flake off anymore and wipe clean.
She was born without skin on her hands, feet, knees, elbows and bottom and the fragile coverings which grow soon flake off.
The wire sheathing can flake off, or the wires can break and become very short.
That's because the surface layer of the epidermis consists of dead skin cells that constantly flake off.
The microTrac 3 chillers have two insulated tanks made from rotomolded HDPE, in which the insulation has been molded right into the plastic to ensure that the material doesn't flake off into the coolant stream.
Mick Foley, defending, said: "The paint was already starting to flake off and he peeled it off with his hands.
It will be applied by face painter and volunteer Gail Coleman, 37, from Thornaby, and Robert's son Wayne, 11, will touch up any bits which flake off between the two games.
And it doesn't flake off towards the end of the day like some.
These baby goats are no exception as they get their daily dose of high-factor sun cream after the rays caused the skin on their noses and ears to flake off.
The reason why no-one has ever climbed this mountain before soon becomes clear as huge bits of it flake off if you so much as look at them.
Cells on the surface of your skin rub and flake off steadily and are continuously replaced with new ones.
But it must be removed in case it starts to flake off.