Definición de flail en inglés:


Saltos de línea: flail
Pronunciación: /fleɪl


  • 1A threshing tool consisting of a wooden staff with a short heavy stick swinging from it.
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    • In some Middle Eastern locations, the same animals dragged a sledge over the ears, or workers manually threshed the plants with sticks or flails, to accomplish the same purpose.
    • On small farms this was done with a flail or wooden mallet and block.
    • In the west, it was mostly oaten straw that was used and it was important that the material had not been damaged and so, there was great care taken with the straw when it was threshed by the flail.
  • 1.1A device similar to a flail, used as a weapon or for flogging.
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    • This chamber's walls were decorated with racks and racks of swords, maces, flails and other dangerous weapons.
    • Will's favorite weapon is a flail, and as soon as an enemy is stunned, he can't help knocking him down again.
    • Adams' opponent whipped its flail around; the weapon practically ripped the physicist's legs off at the knees.
  • 1.2A machine having a similar action to a flail, used for threshing or slashing: [as modifier]: a flail hedge trimmer
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    • Although flails - remote-controlled machines which beat the ground to set off explosives - can be used, they may miss those stuck under tree roots or hidden in river banks, so the land is still unusable.
    • The pruning machines were simply reciprocating cutters or flails mounted on a tractor.
    • It works well, though, and since we bought a rotary slasher to replace the original flail mower it does the job of topping the paddocks and light mulching very well.


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  • 2 [with object] Beat or flog (someone): he escorted them, flailing their shoulders with his cane
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    • Rain lashed from the angry sky, icy scourges flailing Alex's head and shoulders as soon as she stepped out of the Gate she had used to escape the tunnels.
    • As they hurried to do as he ordered, he flailed his strap against each of their backs in turn.
    • She flailed her fists at him and he struck her back hard.
    thrash, beat, strike, batter, drub, flog, whip, lash, scourge, flay, flagellate, strap, switch, tan, cane, tan/whip someone's hide, give someone a hiding, beat the living daylights out of, clout, welt, belabour
    informal wallop, whack, lam, give someone a (good) hiding, larrup
  • 2.1British Cut (vegetation) with a flail: the modern practice of flailing hedges every year with mechanical cutters
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    • The viewless view bench was the only disappointment; a line of brutally flailed high hedge was a bit sad.


Old English, of West Germanic origin, based on Latin flagellum 'whip' (see flagellum); probably influenced in Middle English by Old French flaiel or Dutch vlegel.

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