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- (transitive) To wear off the skin of; to chafe or flay.
- (transitive, figuratively) To strongly denounce or censure.
- 13 September 2006, Patrick Healy, “Spitzer and Clinton Win in N.Y. Primary”, in New York Times:
- Mr. Green, a former city public advocate and candidate for mayor in 2001, ran ads excoriating Mr. Cuomo’s ethics.
- April 5 2022, Tina Brown, “How Princess Diana’s Dance With the Media Impacted William and Harry”, in Vanity Fair:
- The tabloids branded him forevermore as the “love rat,” and Pasternak was excoriated for peddling mawkish fantasy.
to wear off the skin of
to strongly denounce or censure