flail around

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flail around

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 around and trying desperately not to fall.
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She wrote: "The camera is a little shaky as you flail around trying to keep you head above water, but it's all worth it as you see your body dip below the surface and your limp limbs gently move with the waves.
You mouth 'nooooooo!' and your arms flail around wildly like Sandra Bullock in Gravity.
Although the book has some of the makings of a pacy thriller, it's let down by a plot that doesn't so much twist and turn as flail around in blind panic.
All I had to do was turn up, hug the married couple, neck a few drinks, chat up a nice-looking lad and flail around on the dance floor until someone put me in a taxi for my own safety.
They "just sort of flail around and do pitifully," Goldman says.
in return i make her put on my favourite jams from her new record and flail around wildly/smile like a crazy person.
Every time they hit the ground the women don't flail around dramatically like they are auditioning for a death scene in Shakespeare.
The result has been to send the bailedout Lloyds plummeting to a pounds 4 billion interim loss and the loss of 8,000 jobs as directors flail around to get themselves out of a hole that they dug.
Panels doors left open and not tied down will flail around in high wind and can crack the door's ribbing.
Torn is too disciplined a performer to flail around the stage in extremis, but there is something unnerving about the anxious hand gestures and jerky head movements that accompany Plath's arias of loathing and longing for the husband who betrayed her with a friend.
Pop it in, flail around your room, and purge your psyche of all the frustrations that come with being a teen.
Rockets then shoot the seat upwards, with a leg restraint system activating to ensure the pilot cannot flail around and injure themselves.
Too many students arrive at college not knowing what they do well and flail around until they find their niche.
It looks as if Cameron's dance moves are modelled on his approach to leading the opposition - just flail around aimlessly and hope for the best.