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thrashing

[thrash-ing] /ˈθræʃ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
a flogging; whipping.
2.
the act of a person or thing that thrashes.
3.
a pile or quantity of threshed grain or the grain threshed at one time.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see thrash, -ing1

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
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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British Dictionary definitions for thrashing

thrashing

/ˈθræʃɪŋ/
noun
1.
a physical assault; flogging
2.
a convincing defeat: a 5–1 thrashing

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 thrashing

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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Slang definitions & phrases for thrashing

thou

noun

A thousand, esp a thousand dollars; grand: A hundred and fifty thou is business (1867+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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