verb (used with or without object)
Origin of flail
Examples from the Web for flail
He begins to flail and exhaust himself before submerging for good.
The younger boy has gone under the river, and the girl continues to flail in the older boy's arms.
My wife, at least, enjoys watching me flail about on our elliptical.23andMe and Me: Why Policymakers Should Set the Genetic Testing Company Free|Charles C. Johnson|February 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He is going to have to work hard not to flail around aimlessly, following the lead of congressional Democrats.
Watching them squirm is more fun than watching Romney and Paul Ryan flail away.Michael Tomasky on the GOP’s Self-Delusion Syndrome|Michael Tomasky|September 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The barn rings with the heavy strokes of the flail, swung in alternate succession by the veteran and his grandson.
So,” says Tom to the King, “will you let me have the other half of the princess if I bring you the flail?The Irish Fairy Book|Various
The thresher left down the flail, but when Owen took a hold with his two hands, the crane went from him laughing and mocking.More Celtic Fairy Tales|Various
"I'm for fighting it out," said Titus, whisking the poker round his head like a flail in action.Rookwood|William Harrison Ainsworth
Instead of the flail, we take the sheaf in the hand, and whip it across a bench in a close room until the rice leaves the straw.The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom|P. L. Simmonds