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Present participle for 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.”
Present participle for 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.”
Present participle for 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.”
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
Characterized by a tendency to flutter
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