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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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He flails around his country estate, causing trouble as he prepares to accept an acting award in London.
Labour former cabinet minster Yvette Cooper said of Mr Johnson: "The more he flails around with this kind of hysterical claim, the more he exposes his shameful lack of judgment...
Labour former cabinet minister Yvette Cooper said: "The more he flails around, the more he exposes his shameful lack of judgment, his willingness to play the most divisive cynical politics and the emptiness of his arguments."
It reminded me of a Scooby Doo cartoon when one of the characters gets stuck inside a suit of armour and flails around trying to stay in control.
He jumps, pirouettes, flails around and shouts at the referee's assistant.
Plus, it will likely face an easier than expected task because of likely delays in Iraq's return as the United States flails around in its attempt to restore order in post-war Iraq.
Rapper Deeder flails around, tossing off rhythmically informed verbiage, guitarist Chandrasonic howling over the lunging bass of Dr Das.
The female body is frequently figured as text--the uncontrolled body that flails around is frequently sexualized.
Conan Doyle flails around helplessly, discovering very little, until the arrival of former tutor and mentor, Dr Joseph Bell, played by the wonderful Ian Richardson.
Come on...) as it flails around struggling to find a laugh or two, and even the cameo casting of the likes of DeVito, Heder and Huston can't halt its misjudged journey into slapstick silliness and clichd schmaltz.
The cast are appealing (Deschanel as always great), but the film flails around trying to make some sort of sense and largely fails.
While fellow Busted member Matt "Beermat" Willis flails around in tabloid hell and guitarist James Bourne's band Son of Dork have sunk without a trace, Fightstar have been accepted into the rock firmament.
The sentiments might be profound - "People shouldn't be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people," states V - but as a movie it flails around unable to work out if it is a political thriller, police procedural or fantasy adventure.