Definition of flail noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//fleɪl//
; NAmE NAmE//fleɪl//
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a tool that has a long handle with a stick swinging from it, used especially in the past to separate grains of wheat from their dry outer covering, by beating the wheat Word OriginOld English, of West Germanic origin, based on Latin flagellum ‘whip’; probably influenced in Middle English by Old French flaiel or Dutch vlegel.
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