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flail

[flāl]
(agriculture)
A manual device for threshing consisting of a long wooden handle with a free-swinging stick attached to the end.

Flail

 

a primitive agricultural implement for threshing grain, consisting of a wooden handle up to 2 m long and a short (up to 0.8 m) beater connected by a rawhide strap.

flail

A device for breaking or crushing material by means of one or more hammers which are hinged or pivoted about a rotating axle.
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While Washburn dug a hole with his five-run third, the batters flailed away at Toronto starter Ted Lilly, who became the second consecutive Blue Jay to pitch into the eighth inning.
Behind the Bowl, would-be conductors flailed their arms in an amateur orchestra-conducting contest to win a chance to conduct the national anthem this season.
Even as the band descended into its most brooding phase, Yorke flailed and danced like a dervish, and one had to wonder if perhaps he really was having some fun up there.