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flailing

noun

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flailing

verb
present participle of flail

Synonyms of flailing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to move or cause to move with a striking motion
  • started to flail his arms wildly when he spied a bat in the house

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The first known use of flailing was in 1882

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“Flailing.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/flailing. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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