v. & n.
1 tr. beat severely, esp. with a stick or whip.
2 tr. defeat thoroughly in a contest.
3 intr. (of a paddle wheel, branch, etc.) act like a flail; deliver repeated blows.
4 intr. (foll. by about, around) move or fling the limbs about violently or in panic.
5 intr. (of a ship) keep striking the waves; make way against the wind or tide (thrash to windward).
6 tr. = THRESH 1.
1 an act of thrashing.
2 colloq. a party, esp. a lavish one.
Phrases and idioms:
thrash out discuss to a conclusion.
thrashing n.
Etymology: OE therscan, later threscan, f. Gmc

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