flail about

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flail about

  1. (intransitive) To wave one's arms (or upper body) about violently, rather like a flail.
    • 1969 Theodore Millon - Modern Psychopathology: A Biosocial Approach to Maladaptive Learning and Functioning
      Barry continued to shout obscenities and to flail about in a strait jacket, finally succumbing to the effects of intravenously administered tranquilizers.