The close-reefed foresail flew out from the brails, and began to thresh tremendously in the fierce blast.
But fortunately he came up on the surface to thresh about some more.
We've got to thresh out the situation, and here's our last chance.
The Moujik began to thresh: from every sheaf he got a peck of grain.
After a while the onions bore a plentiful crop of seeds, and the Indians began to gather and thresh it.
He fell with a great roar, and began to thresh about in the bushes.
I could thresh his old jacket till I made his pension jingle in his pocket.'
When they have been so adjusted the machine is ready to thresh.
Patsy had been teaching her companion such phrases as "a blatter o' sleet," an "on-ding o' snaw," and a "thresh o' rain."
Two rows will thresh oats, where six are required for flax and timothy.
Old English þrescan, þerscan "to beat, sift grain by trampling or beating," from Proto-Germanic *threskanan "to thresh," originally "to tread, to stamp noisily" (cf. Middle Dutch derschen, Dutch dorschen, Old High German dreskan, German dreschen, Old Norse þreskja, Gothic þriskan), from PIE root *tere- "to rub, turn" (see throw).
The basic notion is of treading out wheat under foot of men or oxen, later, with the advent of the flail, the word acquired its modern extended sense of "to knock, beat, strike." The original Germanic sense is suggested by the use of the word in Romanic languages that borrowed it, e.g. Italian trescare "to prance," Old French treschier "to dance," Spanish triscar "to stamp the feet."