1. I〔馬などが前足で地面をかくこと〕pawing
  1. II〔もがき苦しむこと〕struggling;〔手足をばたばたさせて〕flailing (about)
    • 必死のあがきも空しく彼は力尽きて水中に沈んでいった
    • His desperate flailing about was futile, and he sank exhausted into the water.
  1. 足掻きが取れないbe in a fix;be bogged down;be stuck in the mud
    • 彼の事業は資金不足でもはやあがきが取れなくなっている
    • His enterprise is already in hopeless straits for lack of funds.