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verb [with object]
beat (a person or animal) repeatedly and violently with a stick or whip:she thrashed him across the head and shoulders (as noun thrashing)what he needs is a good thrashing hit (something) hard and repeatedly:the wind screeched and the mast thrashed the deck [no object] move in a violent and convulsive way:he lay on the ground thrashing around in pain [with object]:she thrashed her arms, attempting to swim [no object]
) struggle in a wild or desperate way to do something:two months of thrashing around on my own have produced nothing
informal defeat (someone) heavily in a contest or match:I thrashed Pete at cards [with object and complement]:the Braves were thrashed 8-1 by the Mets [no object] move with brute determination or violent movements:I wrench the steering wheel back and thrash on up the hill
1 [usually in singular] a violent or noisy movement, typically involving hitting something repeatedly:the thrash of the waves 2 (also thrash metal) a style of fast, loud, harsh-sounding rock music, combining elements of punk and heavy metal. a short, fast, loud piece or passage of rock music.