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    frail against

    Hi,
    could you tell me what "to flail against love" means? Thank you.

    P.S. and "to call the shots"

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    Re: frail against

    Hi, could you tell me what "to flail against love" means? Thank you.
    P.S. and "to call the shots"
    More context would be helpful for "to flail against love". But it sounds poetic and suggests some type of difficulty with love. The common idiom "to call the shots" means 'to be in charge' or 'to be in control'.


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    Re: frail against

    thanks a lot, this is the sentence:
    You may ignore it, denounce it, flail against it, but the love in your heart is firm.

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    Re: frail against

    thanks a lot, this is the sentence:
    You may ignore it, denounce it, flail against it, but the love in your heart is firm.
    Two options for 'flail against' come to my mind here. The first is as a transitive verb where the person is doing something against the love that he feels, so as to drive it away. This flows with the two other transitive verbs 'ignore' and 'denounce' that come before it. Secondly as an intransitive verb you can picture someone being tossed about by a love he doesn't want, like a loose sail in a strong wind. Remember though, 'love' is an abstract noun, and so flailing against it in any way is figurative.

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