skin alive

skin alive  {v. phr.}
1.  {informal}
To scold angrily.
Mother will skin you alive when she sees your torn pants.
2.  {informal}
To spank or beat.
Dad was ready to skin us alive when he found we had ruined his saw.
3.  {slang}
To defeat.
We all did our best, but the visiting gymnastic team skinned us alive.
Categories: {informal} {slang} {v. phr.}