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Definition of flail:

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

Synonyms:

slash, thresh about, bat, toss, slam, strike, lick, hightail it, clobber, run, take to the woods, mosh, scarper, scat, attack, thrash, run away, escape, swing, beat, jactitate, break away, move, bunk, cream, convulse, thresh, slam dance, lam, head for the hills, fly the coop, thrash about, drub, turn tail.

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