Flail - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fleɪl|  American pronunciation of the word flail
Brit.  |fleɪl|  British pronunciation of the word flail

noun

- an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing

verb

- give a thrashing to; beat hard (syn: lam, thrash, thresh)
- move like a flail; thresh about(syn: thresh)

Examples

They were flailing their arms to drive away the insects.

The wounded animal lay on the ground, flailing helplessly.

He was wildly flailing about on the dance floor.

The bird's wings flailed the water.

He flailed wildly as she tried to hold him down.

James flailed about in the shallow water.

Her arms were flailing

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: flail
he/she/it: flails
present participle: flailing
past tense: flailed
past participle: flailed
noun
singular: flail
plural: flails
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