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flailing

[ fley-ling ]
/ ˈfleɪ lɪŋ /
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noun
the act of moving one’s limbs or body about randomly and wildly (often followed by around or about): The patient had to be sedated, as her flailing gave the nurse a bloody nose.
the act or process of making desperate attempts to respond to a difficult or awkward situation (often followed by around or about): Embracing the challenge of doing business differently doesn't just mean more effort, more mindless flailing around.
the act or process of beating grain with a flail to separate the kernel from the chaff: As wheat production increased, flailing and winnowing were replaced with threshing machines and fanning mills.
adjective
moving about randomly and wildly, or making desperate attempts to respond to a challenge: I was pushed out of bed by the flailing limbs of my overexcited little boy.There was no real strike, only a flailing protest by unions trying to become relevant again.
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Origin of flailing

flail + -ing1 for the noun senses; flail + -ing2 for the adjective sense
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