[ thrash ]
/ θræʃ /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to toss, or plunge about.
Nautical. to make way against the wind, tide, etc.; beat.
an act or instance of thrashing; beating; blow.
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.
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Origin of thrash
before 900; Middle English thrasshen, variant of thresshen to thresh
Related formsun·thrashed, adjectivewell-thrashed, adjective
Can be confusedthrash thresh
1. See beat.
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British Dictionary definitions for thresh out (1 of 2)
another term for thrash out
British Dictionary definitions for thresh out (2 of 2)
/ (θræʃ) /
(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
See also thrash out
Word Origin for thrash
Old English threscan; related to Old High German dreskan, Old Norse thriskja
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