Usage examples for flail

  1. A flail is simply a piece of wood about the thickness and length of a broom handle. – The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island by Roger Thompson Finlay
  2. Mr. Dillingford rubbed a spot clean on the handle of the flail and pressed his lips to it. – Green Fancy by George Barr McCutcheon
  3. But every house lay in ruins as if the place had been knocked about the villagers' ears with a huge flail. – Jack Haydon's Quest by John Finnemore
  4. It was like the green corn in the field smitten by a flail to the very root. – The Agony of the Church (1917) by Nikolaj Velimirovic
  5. He dashed away towards the house, the plow flying and flapping about like the arms of a flail; tore through the flower- beds, ripping them to pieces; tore down all the choice young trees about the house; frightened the ladies and children nearly to death, and demoralized the whole farm. – Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865 by Carlton McCarthy
  6. In some miraculous way Brett had retained his seat in the saddle, and instead of dismounting, as she expected him to do, he lifted his arm and brought his crop hard down on the mare's quarters, so that she leaped forward, and the next moment he was sending her along as fast as she could gallop, while his arm rose and fell like a flail, thrashing her unmercifully. – The Vision of Desire by Margaret Pedler
  7. The wagons come and go, and the beat of the flail begins. – From the Easy Chair, series 3 by George William Curtis
  8. Hodge's forefathers knew no rival at plough time; after the harvest they threshed the corn all the winter with the flail. – Hodge and His Masters by Richard Jefferies
  9. He went to the woods next morning at daybreak, Oisin did, pulled up two fine ash- trees and made a flail of them. – Myths and Folk Tales of Ireland by Jeremiah Curtin
  10. The threshing was mostly done in winter with the hickory flail, one shock of fifteen sheaves making a flooring. – My Boyhood by John Burroughs
  11. Father, indeed, can flame out in political Controversy, and lay about him as with a Flail, right and left, making the Chaff, and sometimes the Wheat too, fly about his Ears. – Mary Powell & Deborah's Diary by Anne Manning
  12. And still that awful, flail- like sound went on and on, though all sound of voices had wholly ceased. – The Knave of Diamonds by Ethel May Dell
  13. Into this bed the partially dried peat is thrown, and, as it cracks on the surface by drying, it is compressed by blows with a heavy mallet or flail, or by treading it with flat boards, attached to the feet, somewhat like snow shoes. – Peat and its Uses as Fertilizer and Fuel by Samuel William Johnson
  14. In the 1920s, however, only a few farmers still wielded the flail; most threshing was done by steam and later gas- powered threshing machines which travelled from farm to farm. – Frying Pan Farm by Elizabeth Brown Pryor
  15. It was as a flail cutting deep down into his very flesh. – The Hero of Garside School by J. Harwood Panting
  16. The farm people, with old Pucklechurch at their head, looked at the operations of the machine with some distrust, but this gradually became wonder and admiration on the part of the Greenhow labourers, for threshing with the flail was very hard work for the shoulders and back, and Captain Carbonel took care to find employment for the men in winter time, so that his men did not join in the complaint of Barton and Morris that there wouldn't be nothing for a poor chap to get his bread by in the winter. – The Carbonels by Charlotte M. Yonge
  17. But the bulldog, the hair bristling up on his thick neck, his red- rimmed eyes fiery, circled beyond reach of the flail, crouching for another spring. – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  18. Whether the young squire misinterpreted my uncle's desire of peace, or was enraged at the fate of his hounds beyond his usual pitch of resolution, I know not; but he snatched a flail from one of his followers, and came up with a show of assaulting the lieutenant, who, putting himself in a posture of defence, proceeded thus: Lookee, you lubberly son of a w- e, if you come athwart me, 'ware your gingerbread work. – The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett
  19. " So," says Tom to the King, " will you let me have the other half of the princess if I bring you the flail?" – The Irish Fairy Book by Various
  20. When lightnings interlace The sky and the earth, and his wand Of love is a thunder- flail. – Poems with Power to Strengthen the Soul by Various