- a flogging; whipping.
- the act of a person or thing that thrashes.
- a pile or quantity of threshed grain or the grain threshed at one time.
Origin of thrashing
- 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 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.Jeff Bezos’s Wife Rips New Book on Her Husband
November 5, 2013
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
November 16, 2012
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
April 3, 2012
Perhaps never in his twenty-two years had young Drummond been so near a thrashing.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
This he jerked up and down to make ready for his task of thrashing "the pigmy."Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
And all the better, I dare say, for the thrashing he got when a youngster, from the Vermont tailor.Homeward Bound
James Fenimore Cooper
They had had to take a thrashing, but that was no reason why a man should not fill his stomach.The Downfall
From somewhere in the grove came a thrashing of branches and a frightened neigh.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
- a physical assault; flogging
- a convincing defeata 5–1 thrashing
- (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 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.