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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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7 VIRGIL VAN DIJK Unruffled by flailing around him and thundered in a header for the third.
I always remind myself the same thing but eventually end up flailing around like a blinded opossum in the headlights.
"I feel they are flailing around and acting out of desperation."Under pressure from the ABC television network to trim and liven up the ceremony, the academy has seen many of its efforts backfire.
Jose Mourinho appears to be flailing around for answers to his sideacutes lack of fluency but getting nowhere despite a changing cast of characters.
"You went home late at night clearly drunk and started flailing around with a baseball bat and your partner was sufficiently frightened to go to a neighbour for help.
When he went outside, he saw the social worker flailing around in the taxi - kicking out and throwing her arms around.
Nawaz off doing his own, damaging thing; ShahAbaz flailing around; the N-League seemingly rudderless it was set up nicely for a quick implosion.
By MAGESHA NGWIRIWere the matter not so grim, one would be amused at the way the authorities are flailing around and coming up with all manner of wild solutions to a problem that has destroyed too many lives for too long road carnage.
But flailing around in the dark, what I'm doing, doesn't do much good.
And practical jobs like cleaning are totally out of the question, because the hoover is far too heavy and noisy, and even going up the stairs gives you sweaty pits and palpitations, and when you tried to hang out that one sheet you got so tangled up in it you were flailing around in it for 20 minutes like a demented ghost.
Two other guys were fitting and flailing around with their arms and legs and pulling strange faces."
Until that question--right or privilege?--is answered, elected officials and the health care industry in the United States will be flailing around in the dark, lurching from one policy proposal to another, perpetuating uncertainty and confusion and benefiting few.
An American university professor believes that the United States government, which has been supporting Saudi Arabia since the outset of the war, does not have any clear strategy for ending the conflict, and is simply "flailing around" while the Middle East is burning in chaos.
National has allowed the housing crisis to spiral out of control, and now they are flailing around making policy on the hoof on a daily basis.