[ UK /flˈe‍ɪl/ ]
[ US /ˈfɫeɪɫ/ ]
  1. move like a flail; thresh about
    Her arms were flailing
  2. give a thrashing to; beat hard
  1. an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing
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How To Use flail In A Sentence

  • Does a father react angrily when his tired, overwhelmed twelve-month-old flails out and hits him on the nose?
  • In my scenario, the Senator tells the drowning person that it was the flailing non-swimmer's fault for falling in and not learning how to swim, not the Senator's doing, just before the erratic splasher goes under the surface for the last time. Norman Cressy: Musings II
  • I grabbed Carmen, but she hit me in the mouth while flailing her arms wildly.
  • First of all, under the flail of the incessant wind, a crust would form on the surface of the snow of the type we knew as "piecrust," when out sledging. The Home of the Blizzard Being the Story of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914
  • His weapon of choice is a deadly flail and he doesn't balk at finishing off wounded soldiers - or at sneaking up on them and strangling them.
  • He gave me several chances to quit - "‘Do you give yet?" - but I flailed about, trying desperately to get out of his viselike grip.
  • It works well, though, and since we bought a rotary slasher to replace the original flail mower it does the job of topping the paddocks and light mulching very well.
  • As we came closer we could make out two men in a life raft with dye marker showing and flailing their arms wildly in the air pleading to be seen.
  • The campaign is flat out, and so is the prime minister, a whirlwind of argument, arms flailing, fingers stabbing.
  • Somehow my flailing managed to get the errant slide to slam shut.
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