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Emotional IntensityPlay
Indicates a loss of control or extreme emotion, often associated with panic or desperation. SlideHe flailed wildly after hearing the shocking news.
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Physical ExertionPlay
Used to describe vigorous movements that require energy, sometimes leading to exhaustion. SlideAfter the long run, she flailed her arms, trying to catch her breath.
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Lack of SkillPlay
Can imply inexperience or inefficiency in physical tasks or sports. SlideThe novice boxer flailed his arms, missing his opponent.