flap around

flap around

To wave about in the air, possibly due to being unencumbered or unrestrained. You better secure that sheet—otherwise, it'll be flapping around in the wind. A: "What's that noise?" B: "Oh, just the flags flapping around."
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flap around

[for a sheet of something] to blow, flop, or slap around, perhaps in the wind. The sails flapped around, making a lot of noise. The awning flapped around during the night.
See also: around, flap
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A strong breeze blowing made his tie flap around annoying him.
Now, pants, bras, socks and an array of other clothes flap around in the wind outside homes and shops in the town.
As the kids stress out, and the pushy parents flap around spewing motivational instructions, he cracks jokes and puts the kids at ease.
"I think it will be quite a sombre event but it is a fitting tribute to a great prime minister, respected around the world" Prime Minister David Cameron describes Baroness Thatcher's ceremonial funeral on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme "She used to flap around like a mother hen.
The book is made up of people with no solid ground to stand on, and so they flap around in midair, bracing themselves for the fall.
I hope they don't ask me to ride him like that again because I might be in trouble having to kick my stirrups out at the top of the hill and then flap around!
"People flap around, they're in a mess and suddenly the guests are dinging on the door.
They are a wild animal and they can't understand when they are caged, they can't sit on a perch so they flap around and break their wings and feathers."
Unfortunately this has left me with large rolls of redundant skin that flap around on my arms and abdomen.
TWELVE varieties of ray flap around the UK's shores and into the British Record Fish Committee's lists.
When an arrow fishtails or porpoises, the fletching should not flap around, but that is exactly what soft vanes do.
Everyone knows there is no real answer to this ( they sort of flap around, a bit like children in fact, and perhaps gain a few inches, but does that count as flying?
"They scare each other into the pond and flap around, all helter-skelter.
Its fins flap around but you can never be sure it knows what direction it is really going in.