flake off

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flake off come off in flakes or thin small pieces "The paint in my house is peeling off"
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Usage

In literature:

In places the brownstone front was cracked and great chips had flaked off.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
Scattering down the snow-flakes off the curdled sky.
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
Scarlet fever is taken from the little flakes that peel off when the skin begins to dry up.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Therefore the flakes were often thrown off by pressure.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Occasionally the shell moults or peels, the outer part coming off in great flakes.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
But in earlier times, people did not know how to strike off flakes of flint.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Then with a flaking, lateral motion he flaked off a part of the outer skin.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
Flakes of steam floated off from the surface of the crystal pool, which was generally placid.
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
And some of the rust had been flaked off around the spot, too.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
The moss just above had peeled off in flakes, taken fire mostly and dropped.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
A tiny flake shaved off.
"The Caves of Fear" by John Blaine
She flung out a gesture of condemnation and scorn, that flashed flakes of light off shoulder and hair.
"The Unknown Sea" by Clemence Housman
Chip, chip, chip went the sharp seven-eighths-of-an-inch bit; and off curved the soft yellow flakes, to turn to powder as they fell.
"Peccavi" by E. W. Hornung
The bark was stripped off the tree in great flakes, and was laid so closely together that no rain could enter.
"Virginia Architecture in the Seventeenth Century" by Henry Chandlee Forman
The clamming should be done with care, as bits are liable to flake off and stick to the glaze.
"Pottery, for Artists Craftsmen & Teachers" by George J. Cox
He brushed the sparks off himself as if they were flakes of snow.
"Out of Mulberry Street" by Jacob A. Riis
Rather long secondary flakes were struck off along the edges, with a minimum of fine retouch having been carried out.
"Handbook of Alabama Archaeology: Part I Point Types" by James W. Cambron
If the skin is an old one, cover the toe-nails and beak with hot wax, or else by much soaking the horny sheaths will flake off.
"Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting" by William T. Hornaday
The thick resiniferous bark falls off in large flat flakes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6" by Various
Bark flakes off on rubbing with the hand.
"Michigan Trees" by Charles Herbert Otis
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In poetry:

All down by the harbour a-walking one day,
I saw an old hulk by the wharf-side that lay,
Her topmasts lopped off and her paint weathered bare,
Red rust flaking off her, and no one to care.
"The Ould Has-Been" by Cicely Fox Smith
And oh the rapture, when, one furrow done,
They marched broad-breasted to the sinking sun!
The light flowed off their bossy sides in flakes;
The furrows rolled behind like struggling snakes.
"Horses" by Edwin Muir

In news:

The inside of a pump is rusting to the point that small rusted parts flake off.
Prodded by Kentucky environmental officials, CSX Corp. Has agreed to strip the remaining rusty, lead-based paint that is flaking off a company bridge onto the ground and into the Barren River.
The state of Kentucky has asked CSX Transportation Inc to come up with a plan to address future flaking of rusty, lead-based paint off the Barren River Bridge in Bowling Green.
Primitive hominids banged the rocks together to break off small, sharp-edged flakes for use as cutting and piercing tools.
Coatings will not flake, peel or spall-off even under the most severe forces.
Many clear- coated wheels will have rock chips in the clear-coat, or may already have started to flake off.
You must be aware of this before choosing your cleaning procedure because if the wheel is aluminum or magnesium, and the clear-coat is chipped or flaking off, certain cleaners may cause problems.
Here's a way to keep paint from flaking off of milk cartons.
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