Meaning of the phrase: To beat the air

Select the appropriate alternative which best expresses the meaning of the following phrase:
To beat the air
(a) To make frantic effort
(b) To make effort that are useless or vain
(c) To act foolishly
(d) To make every possible effort

Anurag Mishra Professor Asked on 6th February 2016 in English.
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    Answer: (b) To make effort that are useless or vain

    Anurag Mishra Professor Answered on 7th February 2016.
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