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Meaning of FLAIL

Pronunciation:  fleyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an implement consisting of handle with a free swinging stick at the end; used in manual threshing
  2. [v]  give a thrashing to; beat hard
  3. [v]  move like a flail; thresh about; "Her arms were flailing"

FLAIL is a 5 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: lam, thrash, thresh, thresh
 See Also: beat, beat, beat up, flap, implement, work over



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Flail\, n. [L. flagellum whip, scourge, in LL., a
threshing flail: cf. OF. flael, flaiel, F. fl['e]au. See
1. An instrument for threshing or beating grain from the ear
   by hand, consisting of a wooden staff or handle, at the
   end of which a stouter and shorter pole or club, called a
   swipe, is so hung as to swing freely.

         His shadowy flail hath threshed the corn. --Milton.

2. An ancient military weapon, like the common flail, often
   having the striking part armed with rows of spikes, or
   loaded. --Fairholt.

         No citizen thought himself safe unless he carried
         under his coat a small flail, loaded with lead, to
         brain the Popish assassins.           --Macaulay.

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