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flake away

To fall from something in small bits or pieces. Ugh, look at all the glitter that's flaked away from my birthday cards.
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flake away (from something)

[for bits of something] to break away from the whole gradually or from natural causes. Bits of stone flaked away from the surface of the statue year after year. Bits of the steps flaked away from years of constant use.
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QI HAVE a cast aluminium patio table and the paint is flaking off. How can I restore it?
The paint on my cabinets is flaking off. The counters are very worn and outdated.
Today, people are wary of older toys if, for instance, they have paint flaking off of them, but plastic toys are much more durable and generally considered safe.
weighted down our noodles drifting scale by scale bits of us flaking off
That material is discolored and parts of it are flaking off. An abatement of the current material and an alternate design for the ceilings are needed.
Around me, spread over the ground on the old wooden floor that has turned gray, generations of dust and sand clogged between its boards, on the little chest of drawers, also white, whose paint is flaking off, on the half-empty Formica shelves, where only cast-off books are still lying around--a biography of Marie Stuart from the children's "pink library" series, presumably a bowdlerized version, an illustrated Famous Five adventure (from when the series was in its decline), and, on the other bed, empty (my cousins are older than me, we never have to sleep in the same room), there are boxes everywhere.
If the steel has a plating like chrome or brass and the plating is already flaking off, this method will cause more flaking.
The entire family had contracted lead poisoning from the paint flaking off the pipe.
Furiously because s/he is slowly turning to gold, insides first and then the skin, flaking off into a filament precious enough to repay all of her debts but not valuable enough to sanctify his horrible past of racial violence and sexual victimization.
Contractors from Stone Technical Services of Darlington have also been pointing and flaking off loose stone.
IT'S that time of year when your skin feels like leather, your lips are dry, the last of your holiday tan is flaking off and your nails are splitting.
Also, often when these coatings begin to lose effectiveness, they do so by flaking off here and there in the mold.
Mrs K McCamley AIF it's flaking off, then the wall must get damp.
In one particular spot, the paint is flaking off. Do you know why this would be?
uPVCu fascias have been painted in the past QOUR and this paint is now flaking off. How can this be cleaned off and what would you recommend for repainting?