Meaning of thrash

thrash

Pronunciation: (thrash), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to beat soundly in punishment; flog.
  2. to defeat thoroughly: The home team thrashed the visitors.
  3. to force (a close-hauled sailing ship under heavy canvas) against a strong wind or sea.
  4. thresh.
—v.i.
  1. to toss, or plunge about.
  2. to make way against the wind, tide, etc.; beat.
  3. thresh.
  4. to talk over thoroughly and vigorously in order to reach a decision, conclusion, or understanding; discuss exhaustively.
—n.
  1. an act or instance of thrashing; beating; blow.
  2. thresh.
  3. the upward and downward movement of the legs, as in the crawl.
  4. a party, usually with drinks.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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