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flop around

To flail or otherwise move around awkwardly. He must be having a nightmare, judging by how he's flopping around in his bed. The fish flopped around on dry land.
See also: around, flop

flop around

[for something] to turn around awkwardly; [for a fish out of water] to squirm and flap. The hose flopped around, throwing water first this way and then that, knocking down plants as it flopped. A number of fish flopped around in the bottom of the boat.
See also: around, flop
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Then follows more than two minutes of jaw-dropping scenes - ranging from an owl swooping for prey on overgrown wasteland to a murmuration of starlings in among electricity pylons and seals flopping around at Seal Sands.
My bag is flopping around almost near my ankles (no wonder my bad back gets so aggravated), waiting to be filled up with goodies.
To the untrained eye, a great goalie is one who makes spectacular stops Dominik Hasek flopping around in the crease, Jonathan Quick splayed out and striking like a cobra, Scott Darling using every inch of his 6-6 frame to go post to post on a backdoor play.
Dobrev had a little advice for anyone considering swimming with sharks: "If you act like their prey, flopping around in the water like a fish would, they are more prone to be curious about you.
Try them on something shorter first, like go do Mount Pisgah a couple of times to make sure that they're not giving you blisters or that your foot's not flopping around in them or they're too small," she cautions.
This turns out to be some old woman flopping around and throwing a bit of curtain about.
He said after he crossed the finish line: "The costume was hot and the head was flopping around. It was tough, but every step was worth it."
No more buckles flopping around, falling into seat pockets, or getting wedged under booster seats--buckles always stay where you can easily reach them.
If your belt holster is flopping around, your belt is not properly supporting it.
The other thing that's a bigger worry is the amount of players flopping around like fish seeking a penalty!
"An inmate was described as flopping around like a fish against the restraints.
Pilot reported autopilot inoperative and ailerons flopping around. Inspection revealed the roll/aileron trim motor actuator arm bungee sheared at motor drive shaft end.
This prevents the fish from flopping around in an osprey nest and possibly harming young birds that are in it.
They didn't feel the pain and only noticed it moments later when their foot was flopping around.