1) The part of a flail that strikes the grain in threshing.

Mr Cholmeley complained in 1617 that Seth Lazenby had been in his woods cuttinge flayle swipples with a knyfe and great whittle, Brandsby. In 1642, the East Riding farmer Henry Best made allowances to his thrashers … furnishing them with swipples and Flailebands, Elmswell.

dates 1617 1642

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