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thrash

[thrash] /θræʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to beat soundly in punishment; flog.
2.
to defeat thoroughly:
The home team thrashed the visitors.
3.
Nautical. to force (a close-hauled sailing ship under heavy canvas) against a strong wind or sea.
4.
verb (used without object)
5.
to toss, or plunge about.
6.
Nautical. to make way against the wind, tide, etc.; beat.
7.
noun
8.
an act or instance of thrashing; beating; blow.
9.
10.
Swimming. the upward and downward movement of the legs, as in the crawl.
11.
British Slang. a party, usually with drinks.
Verb phrases
12.
thrash out/over, to talk over thoroughly and vigorously in order to reach a decision, conclusion, or understanding; discuss exhaustively.
Also, thresh out/over.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English thrasshen, variant of thresshen to thresh
Related forms
unthrashed, adjective
well-thrashed, adjective
Can be confused
thrash, thresh.
Synonyms
1. maul, drub. See beat.
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  • These will need to be dried on screens and then thrashed out of their husks.
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  • The elephant screamed and thrashed the bushes with his trunk, tottering on three legs.
  • When a sail came into sight, they thrashed toward it with fury, but it faded away.
  • The company said they thrashed about, without any regard to who or what was next to them.
  • She thrashed and twisted on the stretcher as if trying to get out from under a jackhammer.
  • She thrashed around and fractured the cast that had been put on, doing even more damage, and had to be euthanized.
  • He thrashed against the wires, and the plane carried him down.
  • The question of historical fiction has been tremendously thrashed over in these last months.
  • When they pulled it onto the beach it thrashed wildly.
British Dictionary definitions for thrashed

thrash

/θræʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to beat soundly, as with a whip or stick
2.
(transitive) to defeat totally; overwhelm
3.
(intransitive) to beat or plunge about in a wild manner
4.
(intransitive) to move the legs up and down in the water, as in certain swimming strokes
5.
to sail (a boat) against the wind or tide or (of a boat) to sail in this way
6.
another word for thresh
noun
7.
the act of thrashing; blow; beating
8.
(informal) a party or similar social gathering
See also thrash out
Word Origin
Old English threscan; related to Old High German dreskan, Old Norse thriskja
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Word Origin and History for thrashed

thrash

v.

1580s, "to separate grains from wheat, etc., by beating," dialectal variant of threshen (see thresh). Sense of "beat (someone) with (or as if with) a flail" is first recorded c.1600. Meaning "to make wild movements like those of a flail or whip" is attested from 1846. Related: Thrashed; thrashing. Type of fast heavy metal music first called by this name 1982.

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