- to beat soundly in punishment; flog.
- to defeat thoroughly: The home team thrashed the visitors.
- Nautical. to force (a close-hauled sailing ship under heavy canvas) against a strong wind or sea.
- to toss, or plunge about.
- Nautical. to make way against the wind, tide, etc.; beat.
- thresh(defs 3, 4).
- an act or instance of thrashing; beating; blow.
- thresh(def 5).
- Swimming. the upward and downward movement of the legs, as in the crawl.
- British Slang. a party, usually with drinks.
- 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 of thrash
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Examples from the Web for thrash
He'd offer a 10–15 point start on a game to 21 and thrash all comers.Marty Reisman: The Magical Hustler Who Saved a Classic Game
December 10, 2012
Unable to speak, he summoned enough energy to thrash about knocking over the IV pole containing bottles of blood.Pronounced Dead in Vietnam, Lt. Bill Haneke Inspires Post-9/11 Veterans
November 11, 2012
That means both will have to thrash through August primaries.Democrat Ron Barber Retains Gabby Giffords’s Arizona Congressional Seat
Terry Greene Sterling
June 13, 2012
But I'm goin' to thrash this Yank within an inch of his life; see if I don't.In the Midst of Alarms
“And after that we can thrash Zeke and Lem with a good heart,” suggested Tom.The Dare Boys of 1776
Stephen Angus Cox
Did you give him over to the police, or thrash him soundly with your stick?The Rambles of a Rat
A. L. O. E.
Thrash that girl as if she were a bay boy, for she richly deserves it!Hidden Hand
Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
Now it was a place I came to when I had a problem to thrash out.Houlihan's Equation
- (tr) to beat soundly, as with a whip or stick
- (tr) to defeat totally; overwhelm
- (intr) to beat or plunge about in a wild manner
- (intr) to move the legs up and down in the water, as in certain swimming strokes
- to sail (a boat) against the wind or tide or (of a boat) to sail in this way
- another word for thresh
- the act of thrashing; blow; beating
- informal a party or similar social gathering
Word Origin and History for thrash
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.