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Definition 1: an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing - [noun denoting artifact]

(flail is a kind of ...) instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end

Definition 2: give a thrashing to; beat hard - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for flail in the sense of this definition

(flail is a kind of ...) give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression

"Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night" "The teacher used to beat the students"

(flail has a similar meaning as ...) beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

"We licked the other team on Sunday!"

Definition 3: move like a flail; thresh about - [verb of motion]

Samples where flail or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her arms were flailing

Synonyms for flail in the sense of this definition

(flail is a kind of ...) move with a flapping motion

"The bird's wings were flapping"

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