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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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"We need to get back to the essence of successful teaching - strip away the workload that doesn't add value and give teachers the time and the space to focus on what actually matters."
Strip away the urban angst of Public Enemy & Co, and relive 14 Stax standards the way they originally sounded.
Strip away the clothes and make-up, and she's just like millions of other mums doing their best to keep their kids happy.
But strip away the hype, and the Tories are simply speaking common sense.
THEY 'over-intellectualise' music according to old clever clogs himself Noel Gallagher, but strip away the posturing and Bloc Party's songs more than stand up to scrutiny.
We are outing the people who have signed up to strip away our rights, but we are also outing ourselves.
The quote by Romeo Dallaire in the Adrienne Clarkson article, entitled Ex-vice regal "at home' in communion, also made an impact: "We are all human beings and no human being is more human than any other." And so we strip away our self-deceptions and the wails we build around ourselves.
states the authority to regulate insurance, but it also would strip away their rate-setting authority.
They've managed to strip away the most confining elements of progressive hardcore and refreshed the sound with vocal inflections, thump-ier beats and even some white-noise exploration.
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.
He wants to strip away the labels with which we have become comfortable and shift the spotlight away from the iconic figures of black thought and activism.
It is an essential weapon being used to strip away America's economic, scientific, and technological leadership; render us dependent on foreign sources of energy and basic resources; and drastically reduce our productivity and standard of living to a "world" level that will enable our "integration and convergence" into a world government.
What they do is strip away that comfort and dignity we had as free Americans.