Definition of thrash in English:
- His future father-in-law came round to dinner one evening and attempted to thrash him with a horsewhip.
- Once home, his father, a freedom fighter, thrashed him mercilessly.
- She would beat her until her arm was tired and then thrash her on the floor.
- Those famous feet thrash the water so hard, the men that trail him say it is like being immersed in a washing machine.
- Is it better to be an isolated, depressed Western nuclear family housewife whose washing machine has a five year guarantee or an Indian woman who thrashes her washing on boulders in the river in the company of other women?
- A few hours later, he began thrashing about in a seizure so violent that he dislocated his shoulder.
- Convulsions took him over and he was thrashing, shaking, screaming, but he didn't know it.
- He hissed in my ear as I thrashed about in the tight circle of his arms.
- The Government keeps thrashing around for that magic bullet, desperate to eliminate this crisis once and for all.
- Cricket attendances are in decline and the sport is thrashing around desperately for a solution.
- So it seems to me he should be out there, front and center, especially at time when the administration has been sort of thrashing around for a spokesman to put out there to talk about the domestic threat.
- As their fins thrashed through the water in fast pursuit, I saw the whale shark descend rapidly to the depths.
- It's nice to think of them picturing Father Christmas and his sleigh whooshing across frosty rooftops, as opposed to me thrashing my way around a soulless out-of-town shopping centre.
- After defeating Burnley and thrashing Gillingham 7-1, the young Blues will find it much tougher at Goodison Park.
- The students of St John's College bounced back from a heavy mid-week defeat to thrash Dunnington 6-0.
- Yorkshire have so far suffered crushing defeats by Surrey and Somerset while Kent were thrashed by Hampshire in their last match.
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- It was a brief but animated struggle, the flex of the rod and the 6-pound-test line absorbing the runs, thrashes and splashes of the creature that had been hiding in ambush in the roots of the cypress tree.
- The best stuff is from the early seventies, when the murky, basic production and tight rhythm section set up a selection of exciting guitar thrashes.
- There are some explosive stop-start punky thrashes that sound like Pavement at warp-speed.
- There are also elements of thrash metal, cock rock and pop punk.
- It involves him playing loud thrash metal music late at night, or joining a group of Dublin youngsters in a joy-riding escapade.
- Neither is formal beauty a universally shared musical value, as much as film music or thrash metal are deliberately ugly.
Old English, variant of thresh (an early sense). Current senses of the noun date from the mid 19th century.
Thrash and thresh are variant forms of the same Old English word. The Germanic root sense was probably ‘to tramp with the feet’. Thrash was used for treading out corn by men or oxen; when beating with a flail replaced treading, thresh was restricted to producing grain, and thrash extended to more generalized notions of knocking, beating, and striking. In threshold (Old English) the first element is related to thresh in the Germanic sense ‘tread’, but the origin of the second element remains unknown.
thrash something out
- Discuss something frankly and thoroughly, especially to reach a decision: it is essential that conflicting views are heard and thrashed outMore example sentences
resolve, settle, sort out, straighten out, iron out, reconcile, disentangle, clarify, clear up, talk through, confer about, debate, exchange views on/about, chew over, air, ventilate, argue out, argue the pros and cons of;go into, deal with, handle, pursue, examine, explore, review, study, scrutinize, analyse, weigh up, siftproduce, come to a decision on, work out, form a resolution about, negotiate, agree on, bring about, complete, accomplish, carry through, effect
- We needed to thrash those issues out.
- And, in the weeks and months that followed, the pros and cons were thrashed out and re-examined and discussed and analysed until there was nothing left to say.
- Guys are willing to thrash things out with each other when there are conflicts.
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