flail Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"flail" in British English

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flailverb [I or T]

uk   us   /fleɪl/ (also flail about/around)
(​especially of ​arms and ​legs) to ​moveenergetically in an ​uncontrolled way: A ​wasp came towards us and Howard ​started flailing his ​arms around. She ​ran from the ​house in a ​terriblerage, her ​arms flailing in the ​air.

flailnoun [C]

uk   us   /fleɪl/
a ​tool consisting of a ​rod that ​hangs from a ​longhandle, used ​especially in the past for threshinggrain
(Definition of flail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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flailverb [I/T]

 us   /fleɪl/
to ​wave something, esp. ​arms or ​legs, ​energetically but with little or no ​control: [I] His ​hands flailed ​wildly.
(Definition of flail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “flail”
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指手臂和双腿)乱动,胡乱摆动…
in Turkish çırpınmak, sallanmak…
in Russian махать…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指手臂和雙腿)亂動,胡亂擺動…
in Polish wymachiwać…
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