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What is another word for flail?

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To lash or strike repeatedly, especially with a long pliable instrument
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“He would wake at midnight and flail himself with a spiked rope and was often found raptured in prayer.”
To swing or wave wildly
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“He began to flail his arms wildly before I quickly pinned his arms down so that he wouldn't hurt himself or me anymore.”
To flounder or struggle about, typically to no avail
“In the unforgiving world of nature, an organism spending energy to flail helplessly in the water would have no advantage over the organism floating serenely beside it.”
To move or jolt around unsteadily or abruptly
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A long, thin and pliant instrument used for striking or flogging
An act of flapping something, typically a wing or arm, up and down or from side to side
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