flail about

flail about

To move one's body, often the limbs, in an erratic or clumsy way. The last time I tried ice skating, I spent most of the time flailing about and trying desperately not to fall.
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flail about

or flail around
v.
To engage in rapid, frantic, undirected movements or activity: The baby cried and flailed about as we looked for the bottle. After I caught the fish, it flailed around in the bottom of the boat.
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This period bears witness not to an artist who lost his footing only to flail about in bad taste, but to one pursuing with bold consistency the same attitude he asserted from the very start.
In some cases, rheumatic fever leads to Sydenham's chorea, a severe movement disorder in which the arms and legs flail about rapidly and uncontrollably