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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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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(http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Magikarp_(Pok%C3%A9mon)) Bulbapedia says it just flops around during battles and is not at all a strong swimmer.
"We are also measuring how wobbly each of these molecules is, which can tell us whether this molecule is stuck in one particular alignment or whether it flops around over the course of our measurement sequence."
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SpongeBob just about manages to breathe out of water, but flops around aimlessly while doing so.
As I noted, the young Paul Dyster is slender and bright and cheerful and optimistic and his hair flops around. The older Paul Dyster is heavier, dull and bitter-although his hair still flops around almost violently.
Pete would love to join in on said tomfoolery if he could, but he flops around on the ground like a fish in an epileptic seizure if he drinks too much.
So new dad Black voices a panda, new mom Julia Roberts sprouts a few extra legs to become Charlotte the Spider in "Charlotte's Web," and Tom Hanks flops around as Woody in "Toy Story" and plays multiple roles in "The Polar Express."
When Anne refuses to have sex with the King for eight years until he dumps his wife, former Incredible Hulk star Eric just flops around his palace like The Incredible Sulk.
There's really nothing for an onsite physician to reduce; the knee's stable hinges are torn, and it flops around in a wobbly way "These are true surgical emergencies" because the artery will rupture in 20% of cases, Dr.
It feels a bit strange the way the handle kinda flops around, but it's not objectionable in the least.