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Present participle for to lash or strike repeatedly, especially with a long pliable instrument
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“She flailed her fists at him and he struck her back hard.”
Present participle for wave or swing wildly
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“He began to flail his arms wildly and they hit me a couple times before I sat up and sat on his stomach and quickly pinned his arms down so that he wouldn't hurt himself or me anymore.”
Present participle for to twist and turn with quick writhing movements
“I flailed around trying desperately to grab hold of something.”
Present participle for to move or jolt around unsteadily or abruptly
A beating consisting of lashes, such as a whipping or scourging
An act of flapping or waving, usually quickly and irregularly
Act of removing grain or seeds from hulls or husks
Characterized by a tendency to flutter
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