- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for thrash on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for thrashed
I lay there and thrashed about and all I could hear was my father and ‘ha, ha, ha’.Kate and William’s Royal Family Values
September 22, 2014
I lay there and thrashed about and all I could hear was my father and 'ha, ha, ha'.Philip and Charles's Feud Resurfaces Over ... Wind Energy
May 2, 2012
“We got thrashed,” Obama recalled, adding that he thought this time it would be better to just watch a sports event.President Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron Share a Symbolic Make-Nice Moment
March 14, 2012
When Saddam Hussein tried to challenge us from within, we thrashed him in the Gulf War.Israel's Palestinian Arab Spring
May 16, 2011
But, she dog-paddled furiously, thrashed about, made a lot of waves, and managed not to drown.Palin vs. Biden 2016
June 15, 2009
The challenges before us will be thrashed out with the House and the Senate.
The driver had been drinking and in his drunkenness he had thrashed the poor beast.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
He learned nothing by experience: he never knew when he was thrashed.A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs
I thrashed him while he cried for help, and then yelled with pain and whined for mercy.
And then, seizing him by the white stock at his throat, I thrashed him.
- (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 thrashed
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.