- anything worthless, useless, or discarded; rubbish.
- foolish or pointless ideas, talk, or writing; nonsense.
- a worthless or disreputable person.
- such persons collectively.
- literary or artistic material of poor or inferior quality.
- broken or torn bits, as twigs, splinters, rags, or the like.
- something that is broken or lopped off from anything in preparing it for use.
- the refuse of sugar cane after the juice has been expressed.
- Computers. an icon of a trash can that is used to delete files dragged onto it.
- Slang. to destroy, damage, or vandalize, as in anger or protest: The slovenly renters had trashed the house.
- to condemn, dismiss, or criticize as worthless: The article trashed several recent best-sellers.
- to remove the outer leaves of (a growing sugar cane plant).
- to free from superfluous twigs or branches.
Origin of trash
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Examples from the Web for trashing
“Hillary had [Clinton aide] Sidney Blumenthal call people before my book came out, trashing it,” she says.Gail Sheehy Books Passage to the Past
September 3, 2014
Rohrabacher has never been accused of trashing an office, but allegedly trashed his rental house instead.Republican Slobs Stick Together
January 30, 2014
In response, Smith quit the party in a huff that July, trashing it as insufficiently principled on his way out the door.Sen. Bob Smith: The Thing That Wouldn’t Leave
December 4, 2013
On Monday, Bing went after the media that he said should stop “trashing the city” and ignore some of what he called its “warts.”Democracy on Hold as Dave Bing Prepares to Leave Detroit’s City Hall
Jay Scott Smith
May 15, 2013
Conservative activists have wasted no time in trashing the Conservative Victory Fund.Republicans Push Back as Rove Aims to Appoint Himself Kingmaker
February 10, 2013
- foolish ideas or talk; nonsense
- mainly US and Canadian useless or unwanted matter or objects
- a literary or artistic production of poor quality
- mainly US and Canadian a poor or worthless person or a group of such people
- bits that are broken or lopped off, esp the trimmings from trees or plants
- the dry remains of sugar cane after the juice has been extracted
- to remove the outer leaves and branches from (growing plants, esp sugar cane)
- slang to attack or destroy (someone or something) wilfully or maliciously
- (tr) to restrain with or as if with a lead
- a lead for a dog
Word Origin and History for trashing
"anything of little use or value," late 14c., perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse tros "rubbish, fallen leaves and twigs," Norwegian dialectal trask "lumber, trash, baggage," Swedish trasa "rags, tatters"), of unknown origin. Applied to ill-bred persons or groups from 1604 ("Othello"). Applied to domestic refuse or garbage in 1906 (American English).
"to discard as worthless," 1895, from trash (n.); in the sense of "destroy, vandalize" it is attested from 1970; extended to "criticize severely" in 1975. Related: Trashed; trashing.