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flail

flail

 
 
pronunciation:
fleIl
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a farm tool used to separate seeds from grain. A flail has a long handle with a short, swinging bar on one end.
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: flailed, flailing, flails
definition 1: to beat with a flail, whip, or the fists.
The angry man threatened to flail the person who broke his window.
similar words:
beat
definition 2: to cause to move wildly.
He flailed his arms to get the helicopter pilot's attention.
definition 3: to move or wave wildly.
The beginning swimmer flailed about in the pool.
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