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  • n  an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing
  • v  give a thrashing to; beat hard
  • v  move like a flail; thresh about
    Her arms were flailing

  • The songs on the CD flail this way and that, screamingly loud on the vocal-chord-stripping song Lukin, restrained and dreamy on the ballad Off He Goes and fuzzily philosophical on .
  • When he catches someone looking him over, he throws both hands in the air, does a funny foot-flail-in-place thing, turns around and jogs across the street until he's in front of .
  • McCain laughs, smirks, virtually reclines in victory lap while Romney and two other guys flail to no end.
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  • 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 ...
    June 13, 2013 - The Canton Repository

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