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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 of thrashing
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at 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.
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
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 thrashing
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  • Perhaps never in his twenty-two years had young Drummond been so near a thrashing.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • This he jerked up and down to make ready for his task of thrashing "the pigmy."

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • And all the better, I dare say, for the thrashing he got when a youngster, from the Vermont tailor.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • They had had to take a thrashing, but that was no reason why a man should not fill his stomach.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • From somewhere in the grove came a thrashing of branches and a frightened neigh.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for thrashing

thrashing

noun

A thorough or sound defeat: thrashing by their rival (1815+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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