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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."
See also: around, flap
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The dripping of the rain would excite him to frenzy; he flapped around, struck the ceiling with his wings, upset everything, and would finally fly into the garden to play.
Of course, when we arrived I had no idea how to attach it to the electrical point and I flapped around haplessly until someone took pity on me and fixed us up.
Marian Kello 5 Decision-making was questionable and flapped around several times.
As I flapped around shouting at the six simple pieces of wood that kept falling down, my little boy very calmly got the instructions and tried to showme where I was going wrong.
It flapped around the gate all day and then the next day had blown on to a tree where it hung listlessly for a few more days until it blew away.
The shapeless trousers flapped around my legs like a pair of African elephant's ears, and they also felt quite unflattering.
They were most often seen on vehicles taking their occupants on camping trips, with tents and assorted paraphernalia wrapped within waterproof materials that invariably flapped around in the breeze.
I flapped around like an overweight, hyperactive tap-dancer for some time, and when I finally sat down, looking like a flushed carnival queen, ready to greet Stan the Man, I glanced at the clock and realised it was almost 10pm.
We pretty much flapped around like idiots until Diego told us where to go or what to do.
The brash New Yorker even needed an impromptu haircut on his stool at the end of the eighth round after the hair extensions he had put in place worked loose and flapped around. The deal forHatton to faceMalignaggi is already signed and sealed for November, with only the venue to be finalised.
Actress Katie, 28, looked thinner than ever as she flapped around LA in the wide-legged denims.
BREAD AND BUTTERFLIES A hungry mockingbird flapped around an Indiana zoo cage for two weeks, eating hundreds of rare butterflies.
But it just flapped around as he hurtled to the ground.