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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.
thresh (defs 3, 4).
noun
8.
an act or instance of thrashing; beating; blow.
9.
thresh (def 5).
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 of thrash
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.
Synonym Study
1. See beat.
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Examples from the Web for thrash
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  • But I'm goin' to thrash this Yank within an inch of his life; see if I don't.

  • “And after that we can thrash Zeke and Lem with a good heart,” suggested Tom.

    The Dare Boys of 1776 Stephen Angus Cox
  • thrash that girl as if she were a bay boy, for she richly deserves it!

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • Did you give him over to the police, or thrash him soundly with your stick?

    The Rambles of a Rat

    A. L. O. E.
  • Now it was a place I came to when I had a problem to thrash out.

    Houlihan's Equation Walt Sheldon
  • Any more of their nonsense and she would thrash them, thrash them both, by God!

    Mayflower (Flor de mayo) Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • I'll thrash you till you won't see out of your blasted eyes for a month!

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for thrash

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 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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