Definition for thrashing (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of thrash
Examples from the Web for thrashing
At times she looks demonic—screaming and thrashing like an overacted Lady Macbeth.
Her thrashing, her dark visions, her frightened gasps will continue for the next 36 hours.
But despite MacKenzie's thrashing, it's been well-reviewed by critics and other Amazon commenters.
They beat up several journalists, though two particularly intrepid ones escaped the thrashing by feigning death.Mumbai on Edge With Shiv Sena Founder Bal Thackeray Ill|Dilip D’Souza|November 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And given her thrashing in 2008, Lauer asked, should the GOP nominee pick a more seasoned running mate than she?Sarah Palin Hosts ‘Today’ and Auditions for a Broader Role|Nick Summers|April 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The whole platoon was thrashing through the grass in their direction and the Rumi were gone as quickly as they had come.Narakan Rifles, About Face!|Jan Smith
When I used to lick you at school, who ever would have thought that I was thrashing a sucking statesman?The History of Samuel Titmarsh|William Makepeace Thackeray
He told the man to come up on deck and he would give him a thrashing.
Alexander's presence made him, somehow, feel foolish, as if his thrashing were less of an embarrassment than its cause.A Pagan of the Hills|Charles Neville Buck
There was a man once upon a time that I felt like thrashing—for much of your reason.Rest Harrow|Maurice Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for thrashing (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for thrashing (2 of 2)
Word Origin for thrash
Word Origin and History for thrashing
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.