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A manual threshing device consisting of a long wooden handle or staff and a shorter, free-swinging stick attached to its end.
v. flailed, flail·ing, flails
1. To beat or strike with or as if with a flail: flailed our horses with the reins.
2. To wave or swing vigorously; thrash: flailed my arms to get their attention.
3. To thresh using a flail.
1. To move vigorously or erratically; thrash about: arms flailing helplessly in the water.
2. To strike or lash out violently: boxers flailing at each other in the ring.
3. To make energetic but aimless or or ineffectual efforts: "As the end of law school approached, Hill flailed briefly in numerous professional directions" (Molly Worthen).
4. To thresh grain.
[Middle English, from Old English flegil and from Old French flaiel, both from Late Latin flagellum, threshing tool, from Latin flagrum, whip.]
1. (Agriculture) an implement used for threshing grain, consisting of a wooden handle with a free-swinging metal or wooden bar attached to it
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a weapon so shaped used in the Middle Ages
3. (tr) to beat or thrash with or as if with a flail
4. to move or be moved like a flail; thresh about: with arms flailing.
[C12 fleil, ultimately from Late Latin flagellum flail, from Latin: whip]
1. an instrument for threshing grain, consisting of a staff or handle to one end of which is attached a freely swinging stick or bar.v.t., v.i.
2. to beat or swing with or as if with a flail.
[before 1100; Middle English fleil, Old English flighel. See flagellum]
flail- Based on Latin flagellum, "whip."
See also related terms for whip.
Past participle: flailed
A hand-threshing implement that consisted of two wooden sticks connected together by a flexible connection such as a piece of chain or a leather strap or thong. One of the sticks functioned as a handle while the other piece, the Swipple, was used to beat the grain loose from the stalks.
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|Noun||1.||flail - an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing|
implement - instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
|Verb||1.||flail - give a thrashing to; beat hard|
beat up, work over, beat - 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"
|2.||flail - move like a flail; thresh about; "Her arms were flailing"|