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flail

1 verb
     
Related topics: Agriculture
flail1
1 [intransitive and transitive] to wave your arms or legs in an uncontrolled way:
He flailed wildly as she tried to hold him down.
flail around/about
James flailed about in the shallow water.
2 [transitive] to beat someone or something violently, usually with a stick
3 [intransitive and transitive]TA to beat grain with a flail

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