What does the word flail mean?

Usage examples for flail

  1. Not less ancient was the use of the old- fashioned flail- an instrument only discarded within the memory of living man. – A Cotswold Village by J. Arthur Gibbs
  2. Harrigan rushed at Ross, who dropped quickly to one knee as the Irishman's flail- like swing whistled over his head. – Lost Farm Camp by Harry Herbert Knibbs
  3. The more regular yoke attached to the Norag, which from its cutting and bruising qualities has been translated by the French " Hache paille," or chop- straw- this bears astounding similarity to the " whop- straw" shared by the old- fashioned British bucolic with his flail- is seen in the other photograph of the pair of native cows, though very frequently it is drawn by a yoke of oxen, by the big, clumsy buffaloes, or even by a yoke consisting of one of each, the oxen taking the palm for their sturdiness and staying power. – The Khedive's Country by George Manville Fenn