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Related to wailingly: Wailing Wall, whaling
wail like a banshee
Scream shrilly, as in Terrified, she wailed like a banshee. In Irish folklore, a banshee is a spirit in the form of a wailing woman whose appearance is an omen that one member of a family will die. The simile dates from the late 1800s.
in. to be great. (see also wailing.) Things really started to wail about midnight when the band really got going.
wail on someone
in. to beat someone. (see also whale the tar out of someone.) Who are those two guys wailing on Sam?
mod. excellent. (Teens.) What a whaling guitar!
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