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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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With his political career in danger, and no substantive punches left to throw, Fico is flailing about in an attempt convince people that all this alarm about the 'Ndrangheta mafia infiltrating his own office is the work of foreigners and George Soros.Remember when Robert Fico knew he was about to lose the presidential election and he desperately accused Andrej Kiska of being a Scientologist in an attempt to turn his campaign around?
With his political career in danger, and no substantive punches left to throw, Fico is flailing about in an attempt convince people that all this alarm about the 'Ndrangheta mafia infiltrating his own office is the work of foreigners and George Soros.Out of ideas, again, and looking like an incompetent patsy of global organized crime, he has adopted conspiratorial tactics from neighboring Hungary, where Viktor Orban ironically a former recipient of a Soros scholarship to study in the UK has used anti-Soros campaigns to great effect in recent years.
National Trust crews have been flailing about on the moorland estate - all in the name of conservation.
"Despite it being a chilly afternoon, she was wearing a tiny vest and drunkenly flailing about, having several very loud, animated - almost shrieking - conversations with a pal."
This young Emerald City quartet (featuring out bassist-keyboard player Brian Cook) will pop your head off like the bloom on a dandelion and set you flailing about gleefully.