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flail

flail

 
 
pronunciation:
fleIl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a manual implement used to thresh grain, consisting of a long handle with a short, freely moving bar attached at one end.
definition 2: a medieval weapon of similar design but with heavy, often spherical and barbed weights instead of the short bar.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: flailed, flailing, flails
definition 1: to beat, as with a flail, whip, the fists, or the like.
He flailed the poor horse with his whip.
similar words:
beat, hide, lather
definition 2: to cause to move wildly and loosely.
He was flailing his arms, trying to signal me.
similar words:
thrash
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to thresh grain using a flail.
definition 2: to move or wave randomly or wildly.
The novice swimmer flailed about ineffectively.
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  farming, grain