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verb as in beat, strike


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These layoffs are helping contribute to flailing consumer sentiment about the economy, which in itself could contribute to a recession.

From Time

Her teens had been so sheltered, she was left flailing as she entered adulthood and began experimenting with sex and alcohol.

At first, when the model knows nothing about moving, the body flails around as it tries out random motions.

The two ground huggers mostly flailed ineffectively in the wind.

Vance is flailing in a race that many here in Washington thought was his to lose.

From TIme

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.

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.

Even if poverty were gone, the flail could still beat hard enough upon the grain and chaff of humanity.

The farmer caught up a huge flail with which he was wont to thresh out his oats.

Raoul, whose flail had made even De Carnac give way, turned to follow, but Richard was on him.

Arms some had, but arms none used; for Trenchefer dashed them down as the flail smites, ere one could raise or draw.

He struck a poor man for a trifling word, with a flail, which proved fatal to the unoffending object.

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On this page you'll find 31 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to flail, such as: bash, smack, smash, thrash, batter, and club.

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