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.
- 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.
- (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
v.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.