- 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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- another term for thrash out
- (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 thresh out
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.