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Definition of flail verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flail
    he / she / it flails
    past simple flailed
    -ing form flailing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] flail (something) (around) to move around without control; to move your arms and legs around without control The boys flailed around on the floor. He was running along, his arms flailing wildly.
  2. 2[transitive] flail somebody/something to hit someone or something very hard, especially with a stick
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