Wingnuts were flapping their wings when far-left liberals got all misty-eyed talking about “Uncle Joe” Stalin.
A great bird rose screaming from a tangle of vines; its heavy, flapping wings flashed red against the pale trees.
The sails had fallen off and they were flapping and thumping and clapping in the wind.
She paused for a moment, for Mr. Pindar was waving his arms and flapping his cloak in fervid assent.
The cabman had put up his torch and was flapping his arms under his armpits.
Slowly it rolled along behind the shadow of the dark, flapping pall.
Roger thought of his torn flag, flapping in the wind on the top of the flagpole.
It was difficult to hear anything else distinctly for the noise made by the flapping of the tent and the creaking of its supports.
Yes, there was a flapping and a struggle—a big bird, it must be, labouring in the snow.
Suddenly there was a flapping of wings, and the white grouse perched on the dragon's head and said: "Can I be of any assistance?"
mid-14c., flappe "a blow, slap," probably imitative of the sound of striking. Meaning "something that hangs down" is first recorded 1520s. Sense of "motion or noise like a bird's wing" is 1774; meaning "disturbance, noisy tumult" is 1916, British slang.
early 14c., "dash about, shake;" later "strike, hit;" see flap (n.). Meaning "to swing loosely" is from 1520s. Related: Flapped; flapping.
Tissue used in surgical grafting that is only partially detached from its donor site so that it continues to be nourished during transfer to the recipient site.
To become flustered; lose one's composure: I've seen him under hostile pressure before. He doesn't flap and he doesn't become a doormat (1920s+)