flake off of (something)

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flake off of (something)

1. To fall or break away from something in small bits or fragments. Ugh, look at all the glitter that's flaked off of my birthday cards. A bunch of paint has flaked off of the outside of the house. I think it's about time to repaint it.
2. To cause something to fall from something else in small bits or pieces. Hey, stop touching the wall—you're flaking the paint off of it!
See also: flake, of, off
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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