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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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After the alligator flailed around in resistance, Vargas affixed the noose around its mouth.
All of a sudden I flailed around in the water as if waking from a dream.
I flailed around the room with my arms extended behind me, knocking over the kitchen table and chairs, and some dishes onto the floor, and then fell backwards onto the pile of dishes.
THE limbs which flailed around the pit were not the only things that stood out as metal's exponents of extremity subjected the crowd to a beating.
Justice cannot be short-changed, but this made uncomfortable viewing, as the BBC's coverage flailed around in an increasingly vain attempt to maintain the momentum of the occasion.
He flailed around in his seat and had to be overpowered by air hostesses and male passengers who tied him up.
Replaying the animal's jump in slow motion, the team could see that the animals were tumbling backwards uncontrollably as their tail stump flailed around.
But all that went out of the window and my arms flailed around and my head began turning this way and that as I desperately tried to see where I was going.
Paul White, 55, told him: "I'm the crappiest burglar in the land" as he flailed around on the window sill.
The little crowd calling instructions to me as I flailed around the base of the 25ft noble fir was quite entertaining.
Primary school teacher John Petersen netted twice in the first 12 minutes as the Scots flailed around the Toftir pitch in complete disarray.
But in a statement, he said he could see the fear in Satvir's eyes, as he flailed around in the water up to his neck.
He said: "There was a one-year old baby girl in the back seat of a car partially blocking the road out for the silver BMW as it flailed around, frantically trying to get through a small gap.
The front right wheel flailed around without breaking off from the car, as it is now secured by a safety chain, a measure introduced after Ayrton Senna's fatal crash.
Dunne, with 15 straight wins behind him, was stunned - and Voronin sensed his chance, moving forward and delivering combination after combination as his 25-year-old opponent flailed around the ring, his hands down and seemingly vulnerable.