Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To beat with or as if with a flail, especially as a punishment. See Synonyms at beat.
  • transitive v. To swing or strike in a manner suggesting the action of a flail: The alligator thrashed its tail.
  • transitive v. To defeat utterly; vanquish.
  • transitive v. To thresh.
  • transitive v. To sail (a boat) against opposing winds or tides.
  • intransitive v. To move wildly or violently: thrashed about all night.
  • intransitive v. To strike or flail.
  • intransitive v. To thresh.
  • intransitive v. To sail against opposing tides or winds.
  • n. The act or an instance of thrashing.
  • n. Music See speed metal.
  • thrash out To discuss fully.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To beat mercilessly.
  • v. To defeat utterly.
  • v. To thresh.
  • v. To move about wildly or violently; to flail.
  • v. To extensively test a software system, giving a program various inputs and observing the behavior and outputs that result.
  • v. In computer architecture, to cause poor performance of a virtual memory (or paging) system.
  • n. A beat or blow; the sound of beating.
  • n. A particularly aggressive and intense form of heavy metal music with a focus on speed, technical precision, and alternate picking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To beat out grain from, as straw or husks; to beat the straw or husk of (grain) with a flail; to beat off, as the kernels of grain.
  • transitive v. To beat soundly, as with a stick or whip; to drub.
  • transitive v. To practice thrashing grain or the like; to perform the business of beating grain from straw.
  • transitive v. Hence, to labor; to toil; also, to move violently.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See thresh.
  • n. A rush.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. beat so fast that (the heart's) output starts dropping until (it) does not manage to pump out blood at all
  • v. move data into and out of core rather than performing useful computation
  • v. dance the slam dance
  • v. give a thrashing to; beat hard
  • v. move or stir about violently
  • v. beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
  • n. a swimming kick used while treading water
  • v. beat the seeds out of a grain

Etymologies

Variant of thresh.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Proto-Germanic *þreskanan, whence also Old High German dreskan, Old Norse þreskja (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • When I come back we'll kind of thrash things out and see what's to be done.

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  • They say that expression is a need of the human heart; and I am also convinced that in many hearts there is a very strong desire at times to "thrash" some one.

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  • He became very angry with the President, said that that officer had a cowardly fear of Spain and Great Britain, and declared that he would go to Washington to "thrash" the President.

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  • He was obliged to declare on the playground the next day, that he would "thrash" any boy that said anything about milkmaids.

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