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FLAIL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does flail mean? 

FLAIL (noun)
  The noun FLAIL has 1 sense:

1. an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing

  Familiarity information: FLAIL used as a noun is very rare.


FLAIL (verb)
  The verb FLAIL has 2 senses:

1. give a thrashing to; beat hard
2. move like a flail; thresh about

  Familiarity information: FLAIL used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FLAIL (noun)


Sense 1flail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("flail" is a kind of...):

implement (instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end)


FLAIL (verb)


Sense 1flail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give a thrashing to; beat hard

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

flail; thrash; lam; thresh

Hypernyms (to "flail" is one way to...):

beat; beat up; work over (give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They want to flail the prisoners


Sense 2flail [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move like a flail; thresh about

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

flail; thresh

Context example:

Her arms were flailing

Hypernyms (to "flail" is one way to...):

beat; flap (move with a flapping motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


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