Definition of thrash verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    thrash

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//θræʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//θræʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they thrash
    BrE BrE//θræʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//θræʃ//
     
    he / she / it thrashes
    BrE BrE//ˈθræʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈθræʃɪz//
     
    past simple thrashed
    BrE BrE//θræʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//θræʃt//
     
    past participle thrashed
    BrE BrE//θræʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//θræʃt//
     
    -ing form thrashing
    BrE BrE//ˈθræʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈθræʃɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[transitive] thrash somebody/something to hit a person or an animal many times with a stick, etc. as a punishment synonym beat
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to move or make something move in a violent or uncontrolled way thrash (about/around) Someone was thrashing around in the water, obviously in trouble. The animal thrashed about in pain. thrash something (about/around) A whale was thrashing the water with its tail. She thrashed her head from side to side.
  3. 3[transitive] thrash somebody/something (informal, especially British English) to defeat somebody very easily in a game Scotland thrashed England 5–1. compare whip
  4. Word Origin Old English, variant of thresh (an early sense). Current senses of the noun date from the mid 19th cent.Extra examples That boy deserves to be soundly thrashed! The cow fell on its side and thrashed about wildly. The visiting side were soundly thrashed. She thrashed the boy across the head and shoulders with a heavy stick. They were thrashed 5–0 in the League. They were thrashed last week by Wolves. Phrasal Verbsthrash somethingout
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