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Synonyms for flail

Synonyms for flail

to swing about or strike at wildly

to beat (plants) with a machine or by hand to separate the grain from the straw

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Synonyms for flail

an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end

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move like a flail

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Hard by the farmhouse was a vast barn, that might have served for a church; every window and crevice of which seemed bursting forth with the treasures of the farm; the flail was busily resounding within it from morning to night; swallows and martins skimmed twittering about the eaves; an rows of pigeons, some with one eye turned up, as if watching the weather, some with their heads under their wings or buried in their bosoms, and others swelling, and cooing, and bowing about their dames, were enjoying the sunshine on the roof.
One of its arms was a disabled flail which used to be wielded by Goodman Rigby, before his spouse worried him out of this troublesome world; the other, if I mistake not, was composed of the pudding stick and a broken rung of a chair, tied loosely together at the elbow.
I was the flail of the Lord up in those parts, I may tell you, though you won't find it in any Blue-book.
Hearing the hubbub of voices, and blows that sounded like the noise of a flail in the barn in wintertime, they stopped, listening and wondering what was toward.
Daniel galloped up silently, holding a naked dagger in his left hand and thrashing the laboring sides of his chestnut horse with his whip as if it were a flail.
He fought now like a human flail, and every sweep of that terrible sword would have severed in twain any man or boy who obstructed it; but Peter fluttered round him as if the very wind it made blew him out of the danger zone.
Aiming in these plays to flail the follies of his time, he makes his chief characters, in spite of his realistic purpose, extreme and distorted
Bazzard's father, being a Norfolk farmer, would have furiously laid about him with a flail, a pitch-fork, and every agricultural implement available for assaulting purposes, on the slightest hint of his son's having written a play.
A 20-YEAR-OLD man caught with rice flails in breach of a suspended prison sentence and a community order has been spared jail because he has found a job.
A DISABLED man was spared jail yesterday after offensive weapons - a metal cosh and a pair of rice flails - were found inside his car on a North Wales industrial estate.
Yet there is ample temperament in the way she spirals her wrists, snaps her fan, and flails her bata in the sophisticated Guajira.
A time-lapse movie made using images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory shows that the outer half of the jet bends and flails.