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peel away

To remove something (from something's surface) by peeling it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "peel" and "away." I love peeling away the protective plastic they put on the screens of brand new smartphones. Be careful when you peel those stickers away, or you could rip the paper.
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peel something away (from something)

to peel something from the surface of something. Peel the label away from the envelope and place it on the order form. Peel away the label carefully.
See also: away, peel
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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After the paper is peeled away, a simple monoprint is complete.
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A retired professor, writer, and bookworm, he did not deserve to have his mind peeled away. A man who always put others first, he did not deserve the terrible isolation of Alzheimer's, from moment to moment never sure where he was or whom he was with or sometimes - suspect - even who he was.
Within the courtyard, for instance, the outer skin of the concrete wall is peeled away to reveal a tiled layer that represents the interstitial space between the two walls, while an added wooden frame is designed to make a distinct reference to the original formwork.
It's almost as if Earth's atmosphere has been peeled away.
But the game was up when hidden sticky tape discreetly holding her daring white dress to her bust suddenly peeled away.
Campbell has peeled away every extraneous bit of information, including sound, to reveal a monochromatic visual essence.
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In the end, after all the politics and ideological battles have been peeled away, what it comes down to is learning to care for our gay and lesbian children.
By eschewing adornment, sentimentality, and glamour, Nikolais and Louis have peeled away the layers, revealing movement that is honest and thus beautiful for the fragile necessity of its own inner workings.