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Meaning of flail

flail

Pronunciation: (flāl), [key]
— n.
  1. an instrument for threshing grain, consisting of a staff or handle to one end of which is attached a freely swinging stick or bar.
  2. a similar instrument used as a weapon of war.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to beat or swing with or as if with a flail.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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