flail
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flail(
fleyl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (tool)
a. el mayal
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The other hands showed me the proper way to use a flail to thresh corn.Los otros peones me mostraron cómo usar un mayal correctamente para trillar el grano.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to wave)
a. agitar
Johnny was running around flailing his arms, playing at being an airplane.Johnny correteaba por todos lados agitando los brazos, jugando a que era un avión.
b. sacudir
A man stood at the side of the road, flailing his hands to attract attention.Había un hombre al lado de la carretera, sacudiendo las manos para llamar la atención.
3. (agriculture)
a. trillar
We flail the crops to get a better seed yield.Trillamos los cultivos para obtener una mayor cantidad de semilla.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to wave)
a. agitarse
With her attacker's knee on her throat, she was kicking and flailing around for breath.Con la rodilla de su agresor sobre la garganta, ella pataleaba y se agitaba en busca de aire.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I flailed around in the bottom of the boat, trying to grab the oars.Me debatía en el fondo del bote, tratando de agarrar los remos.
I pushed him, and he toppled backward off the bridge, arms flailing.Lo empujé, y se cayó del puente hacia atrás, agitando los brazos como aspas de molino.
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flail
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (agricultural implement)
a. el mayal
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (general)
a. agitar
she flailed her fists at himtrató inútilmente de golpearle
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (general)
a. agitarse
I managed to avoid his flailing fistsconseguí evitar sus puñetazos
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flail [fleɪl]
noun
(Agr) mayal (m)
transitive verb
1 (Agr) desgranar
2 (beat) golpear; azotar
3 (agitate) [+arms, legs] agitar
she flailed her arms about
intransitive verb
to flail (about) [+arms, legs] agitarse; [+person] revolverse
he flails and kicks and beats the ground Spencer Tracy imagines himself flailing impotently on the undulating floor of a church nave
I tried to grab his flailing arms intenté agarrarle los brazos que no paraba de agitar
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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