flail flail  /f ˈleɪl/


  1. (n) an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing
  2. (v) give a thrashing to; beat hard
  3. (v) move like a flail; thresh about



  1. McCain laughs, smirks, virtually reclines in victory lap while Romney and two other guys flail to no end.
  2. The men at the center of Philip Roth's novels may rage and flail, but Larry doesn't dish out insults, he takes them.
  3. Stubborn, hardheaded, wryly humorous, Annie comes upon an ungovernable small animal who, with useless ears and eyes, can only flail and thrash about with arms and legs.


  • Movie review: Nothing super about this ‘Man of Steel’

    While sitting bored out of my skull watching the new Superdude, Henry Cavill, flail about trying to act in the sensory overload that is Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” I started to question why very bad things only happen to people when there is a grown man in junk-hugging spandex around. Could it be that Superdude is a jinx? And if he is, shouldn’t the Red Sox arrange for him to sit near the ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Canton Repository

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