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thrash

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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. thresh.
verb (used without object)
  1. to toss, or plunge about.
  2. Nautical. to make way against the wind, tide, etc.; beat.
  3. thresh(defs 3, 4).
noun
  1. an act or instance of thrashing; beating; blow.
  2. thresh(def 5).
  3. Swimming. the upward and downward movement of the legs, as in the crawl.
  4. British Slang. a party, usually with drinks.
Verb Phrases
  1. 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

before 900; Middle English thrasshen, variant of thresshen to thresh
Related formsun·thrashed, adjectivewell-thrashed, adjective
Can be confusedthrash thresh

Synonyms

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1. maul, drub.

Synonym study

1. See beat.
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British Dictionary definitions for thresh out

thresh out

verb
  1. another term for thrash out

thrash

verb
  1. (tr) to beat soundly, as with a whip or stick
  2. (tr) to defeat totally; overwhelm
  3. (intr) to beat or plunge about in a wild manner
  4. (intr) 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
  1. the act of thrashing; blow; beating
  2. 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 thresh out

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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