One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
usually with modifier A device for removing the skin from fruit and vegetables.‘a potato peeler’
- ‘It was like watching an apple being slowly unwrapped by a tiny vegetable peeler.’
- ‘New inventions, new vegetable peelers, a car cleaner, and many more items were displayed to seduce the visitor to purchase.’
- ‘Using a vegetable peeler, pare the skin from lemons, and divide between the three bowls.’
- ‘Unlike summer squash, butternut squash has a hard, inedible skin that is easily removed with a vegetable peeler.’
- ‘A simple vegetable peeler or paring knife produces similar strips, but you will probably need to scrape away the bitter white pith on the underside.’
- ‘She admired my cheap but effective vegetable peeler, commenting approvingly, ‘very good, no waste,’ in her brisk, clipped tones.’
- ‘Using a potato peeler, peel the cucumber into wide strips.’
- ‘Remove the lemon rind using a potato peeler and trying not to peel away any of the white pith (this can give a bitter taste later).’
- ‘Use a vegetable peeler to remove colorful strips from squash, carrots or zucchini and sprinkle them on a plain-looking entrée.’
- ‘Then using a potato peeler, peel ribbons from the sweet potatoes and deep-fry until golden, remove and drain on kitchen paper, season with sea salt.’
- ‘I ran out of time this morning, so I just grabbed a couple of carrots and my new vegetable peeler.’
- ‘It helps if you have a swivel vegetable peeler to peel the pears thinly and quickly.’
- ‘I have an order already from my Mum for a blue-handled potato peeler (they're the best).’
- ‘Other presents asked for include a potato peeler at a modest £4, a spatula at £6, a ladle at £6 and other kitchen instruments.’
- ‘Using a Y-shaped potato peeler, shred the zucchini into fine ribbons.’
- ‘Using a sharp potato peeler, remove the zest from three tangerines.’
- ‘Stripped of their tough skins with a vegetable peeler or paring knife, broccoli stems make a delicious, slightly crunchy addition to any broccoli dish.’
- ‘Using a potato peeler, remove any tough skin layers.’
- ‘You can decorate it with chocolate shavings - scrape the chocolate with the back of a knife or a vegetable peeler to create curls.’
- ‘Remove thin shavings from the Parmesan with a vegetable peeler and scatter them over the pasta.’
A police officer.
- ‘How come all these people were staying here without being rumbled by the peelers?’
- ‘Is the word peeler the correct slang for a police officer?’
- ‘They looked like peelers, we thought, and we were right.’
- ‘Why are the peelers quizzing this innocent young derelict?’
- ‘But beware, the peelers will be keeping an eye out for you.’
Early 19th century (originally denoting a member of the Irish constabulary): from the name of Sir Robert Peel, Sir Robert.
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