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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.
To remove something partially or fully (from something's surface) by peeling it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "peel" and "back." I love peeling back the protective plastic they put on the screens of brand new smartphones. Be careful when you peel those stickers back, or you could rip the paper.
peel off from (someone or something)
1. To come off of someone or something in thin strips or pieces, as of skin, paint, rinds, bark, etc. As the sunburn started to heal, skin started peeling off me in the most disgusting way. The paint peeled off from the side of the house due to the intense heat of the sun.
2. To remove the outermost layer of something, such as skin, paint, rind, etc., typically with one's fingers. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "peel" and "off." Tommy! Stop peeling the bark off from those trees this instant! That scrape is never going to heal if you keep peeling the scab off from your finger!
3. To remove a covering, layer, or thin piece from something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "peel" and "off." He peeled the sweat-stained clothes off from his body and jumped in the shower. Let me peel a sticky note off from the pad so you can jot down the number.
4. To deviate or depart from a group's course or direction of movement. When he saw his parents approaching, Tom peeled off from his friends and ducked down a side alley. Why is that one plane peeling off from the rest?
5. Of a motor vehicle or its driver, to accelerate away from something or some place at a very high speed after being stationary. After ramming into my rear bumper, the other car just peeled off from the scene of the accident and sped away out of view. The criminal jumped onto a motorcycle and peeled off from the bank.
peel the onion
To expose the different various layers of something. Once the investigator started peeling the onion, he discovered just how many illegal operations the organization was involved in. You need to peel back the onion and find out what's really bothering Gina, because I doubt it's just the fact that you were late.
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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.
peel something back (from something)
to lift something away from the surface of something. He peeled the sheets back from the bed and got in. He peeled back the sheets and got into the bed.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.