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strip away

1. To tear, peel, or otherwise remove some outer layer or covering from something else, especially in a quick, intense, or violent manner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "strip" and "away." Quit stripping the bark away from the tree like that—it isn't good for it! This treatment strips away the dirt and dead cells from your skin. The doctors stripped the bandage away to check the wound.
2. To remove aspect, trait, ability, power, etc., from someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "strip" and "away." The authoritarian government has been slowly stripping away its citizens' freedoms ever since it came into power. The board of directors stripped the manager's authority away while it conducted its internal review of the situation.
See also: away, strip

strip something away (from someone or something)

to remove or peel something from someone or something. The emergency room nurse stripped the clothing away from the burn victim. He stripped away the victim's clothing. Jamie stripped away the old paint from the bathroom wall.
See also: away, strip

strip away

v.
1. To remove some covering or layer: Most bullies are really cowards once you strip away their tough fa?ade. We hated the wood paneling on the walls so much that we stripped it away and painted the whole room.
2. To take some rights or privileges away: The state strips away felons' right to vote. I had power of attorney over the property until the court stripped it away.
See also: away, strip
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The principal Enlightenment thinkers--Hume, Adam Smith, and Kant--believed that if one could strip away tradition and superstition, it would be possible to formulate a set of moral principles that would compel assent by reason alone.
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Furthermore, this century has brought vast advances in every branch of science - a fact that Sagan celebrates, while acknowledging science's tendency to strip away cherished assumptions and beliefs.
It's been far too easy for them to come in, strip away what they needed, leave the land completely annihilated, and make their own rules about how to clean up the mess.
Yet according to Mason, "When we strip away the theatrical conventions," Gods "tells their personal stories.
When you strip away everything else, what other explanation can there really be?
This advanced cleaner is non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, contains no CFCs, detergents or solvents of any kind (including alcohol, ammonia and chlorine) which can subtly eat away at porous electronic screens and strip away the crucial anti-glare coatings of plasma screens and other pricey electronic toys.
When you strip away the energy Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has brought to the job and his outgoing personality, nothing is yet visible to suggest that substantive change is really going to take place.
A shake-up of West Yorkshire's fire service will strip away unnecessary red tape, it was said today.
The beetles' job will be to strip away every particle of meat to reveal the bones beneath.
Or are they more like Easter eggs - glitzy on the outside but with little left once you strip away the packaging?
Inside the cells, enzymes strip away HDP-CDV's fatty portion, then its cidofovir binds to poxvirus and prevents it from replicating, Hostetler says.