Meaning of thrash in English:


Pronunciation /θraʃ/

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[with object]
  • 1Beat (a person or animal) repeatedly and violently with a stick or whip.

    ‘she thrashed him across the head and shoulders’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From where we were, we could see them thrashing him mercilessly, hitting him with stones.’
    • ‘Joshua grabbed the whip, thrashing the master again and again.’
    • ‘Ravi's father often thrashes him for neglecting studies.’
    • ‘I was raised on a cattle/sheep farm, and if you didn't eat your meat for dinner you were thrashed about the head with a crowbar.’
    • ‘Then he was thrashed by criminals for being a ‘traitor’ to his country.’
    • ‘She was sexually exploited and if she refused to comply, she was thrashed.’
    • ‘His mother, who had thrashed him twice in front of his gurus for not being regular to his classes, had also played a role.’
    • ‘Another man, reminding his mother of how his father used to thrash him at her behest, was told, ‘You were a bad child and you deserved it.’’
    • ‘His father paid a visit to mine, who proceeded to thrash me with a yardstick.’
    • ‘The accused were armed with sharp edged weapons and thrashed him brutally.’
    • ‘Then she started thrashing him about the head and shoulders.’
    • ‘Once they had finished thrashing me, they tied me up again, but this time I managed to keep my ankles and wrists slightly apart.’
    • ‘After thrashing him, one of the youths pulled a pistol and shot him in the stomach.’
    • ‘This annoyed the jawans who beat the husband and when wife intervened to stop them, she was also thrashed.’
    hit, beat, flog, whip, horsewhip, scourge, lash, flagellate, flail, strap, birch, cane, belt, leather
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    1. 1.1Hit (something) hard and repeatedly.
      ‘the wind screeched and the mast thrashed the deck’
      • ‘Those famous feet thrash the water so hard, the men that trail him say it is like being immersed in a washing machine.’
  • 2no object Move in a violent and convulsive way.

    ‘he lay on the ground thrashing around in pain’
    • ‘she thrashed her arms, attempting to swim’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Through the night she was panting and thrashing in her sleep, sometimes screaming out.’
    • ‘Great tears were rolling down her face as she thrashed on the bed.’
    • ‘He thrashed madly, slamming his fists down wherever he could reach and kicking wildly.’
    • ‘Then Amy started violently thrashing in her sleep.’
    • ‘As the tiny birds thrash around trying to free themselves they become even more entrapped.’
    • ‘Violently, he thrashed around on the bed until he fell and hit the floor.’
    • ‘There was Sara being held down by nurses as she thrashed around, desperate to get back to her husband.’
    • ‘After the first operation he wouldn't come round and kept thrashing around which is when they found the second blood clot.’
    • ‘Four years later though, and I was the only one still thrashing around in the shallow end, terrified of getting his head underwater.’
    • ‘A family who went to confront an intruder in their garden were surprised to find a young deer thrashing around in their swimming pool.’
    • ‘Every time he accelerates it reclines of its own accord, leaving my legs thrashing around in the air.’
    • ‘I donned this ensemble and went to dark, smoky clubs where I thrashed around to ear-ringing, heart-stopping music.’
    • ‘If you want to swim really fast, stop thrashing about, relax and feel the water.’
    • ‘Kicking and thrashing, Jennifer desperately struggled to break free.’
    • ‘Struggling, she thrashed about hoping to break free.’
    • ‘She thrashed and struggled and howled as they dragged her further inside.’
    • ‘The more they thrash, push and struggle the more quickly they fatigue and the more mistakes they make.’
    flail, thresh, flounder, toss and turn, jerk, toss, squirm, writhe, twist, wriggle, wiggle, twitch
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    1. 2.1thrash aroundStruggle in a wild or desperate way to do something.
      • ‘two months of thrashing around on my own have produced nothing’
    2. 2.2 informal no object, with adverbial of direction Move in a fast or uncontrolled way.
      • ‘I wrench the steering wheel back and thrash on up the hill’
      • ‘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.’
      struggle, thrash, thresh, flail, toss and turn, twist and turn, pitch, splash, stagger, stumble, falter, lurch, blunder, fumble, grope, squirm, writhe
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  • 3Defeat heavily in a contest or match.

    ‘I thrashed Pete at cards’
    • ‘Newcastle were thrashed 8–1 by the Czech team’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Lancashire have been frustrated by the rain in their current match with Middlesex at Old Trafford, especially as Sussex thrashed Durham inside three days at Hove.’
    • ‘West Hartlepool have lost all 14 of the league matches they have played so far this season and were thrashed by Harrogate last month at Claro Road.’
    • ‘Yes we have done it again: Ireland thrashed Italy in a brilliant match.’
    • ‘In the opening match of the tournament on Saturday, Germany thrashed Pakistan 6-0.’
    • ‘I think I was put off the game during my early teens when my brother repeatedly thrashed me.’
    • ‘Hunter was thrashed by Doherty in last year's final’
    • ‘The Norwegian, the person for whom English is a second language, thrashed us at Scrabble.’
    • ‘We used to go to the gym together before I left to join one in Chelmsford, and he always thrashed me on the running machine, easily sprinting off at 15 km/h.’
    • ‘Then he thrashed me consistently for almost two weeks; but recently, I've wised up to his methodology and begun to beat him.’
    • ‘I was comprehensively thrashed in all four rounds.’
    • ‘After being obliterated at tennis on Saturday, I was thrashed at squash this afternoon.’
    • ‘He thrashed me out there, but I'll just take it on the chin.’
    • ‘Now he'd had a chance to thrash me again, I had lost what small advantage I had.’
    • ‘But whenever he tried to fight higher levels of competition, he was soundly thrashed.’
    • ‘I was comprehensively thrashed in all four rounds.’
    • ‘There can be no doubt that Paul was comprehensively thrashed in the debate.’
    • ‘They managed just 45 and were thrashed by nine wickets.’
    trounce, beat hollow, defeat utterly, rout, annihilate, triumph over, win a resounding victory over, be victorious over, crush, overwhelm, best, get the better of, worst, bring someone to their knees
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  • 1usually in singular A violent or noisy movement of beating or thrashing.

    ‘the thrash of the waves’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1 informal A fast and exciting motor race or other sporting event.
      • ‘crews assembled in Richmond town square to tackle the 120-mile thrash’
  • 2A short, fast, loud piece or passage of rock music.

    ‘after all those twelve-bar thrashes, my fingers were blistered’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1mass noun A style of fast, loud, harsh-sounding rock music, combining elements of punk and heavy metal.
      as modifier ‘a grungy thrash band’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘From what sounds like an amalgamation of hardcore and thrash metal, any promising musical ability is then shrouded by the raspy rap-rattled-off vocals, which are then accompanied by a dominating rhythm.’
      • ‘It may be their collective hardcore or thrash metal backgrounds.’
      • ‘It's simple, straight ahead thrash metal that gets repetitive fast.’
      • ‘They also offer doom metal, death metal, thrash metal, power metal and black metal.’
      • ‘To reach the stage that they were at by 1991 is a long convoluted story involving several superb thrash metal albums on different small labels, each album selling more than the last.’
      • ‘If we were doing thrash metal, we would definitely dress the part.’
      • ‘During a period in the 1990s, reggae music went through a period called ‘bashment’, which was very angry, shouting unmelodic rants, similar to thrash metal in the US.’
      • ‘The evening starts off with live music, then moves on to a mixture of accessible indie tunes - the night is thankfully light on the angry teen, thrash metal side, focussing instead on alternative anthems of the last ten years.’
      • ‘When we started, thrash metal was still really underground.’
      • ‘I think it's kind of cool that thrash metal fans can get a chance to check out for the first time bands that helped lay down the roots.’
      • ‘The four-lad outfit turned in a stunning thrash metal performance complete with guitar posturing and indecipherable lyrics delivered in a satanic growl.’
      • ‘They jumped into the thrash metal game very late, when it was spiraling back into the underground.’
      • ‘She abruptly broke off the conversation to ask a man browsing through the thrash metal section if he could find what he was looking for.’
      • ‘Their latest album is proof of this, smelting the finest elements of thrash, death and black metal and ruthlessly pouring the molten result down your throat.’
      • ‘While musically competent, these guys display no particular distinction, and the thrash guitar leads are pretty basic.’
      • ‘Regarded by many as the album that started thrash metal, it was fast and furious and it is no wonder that many regard it as the greatest thrash / heavy album - the father of them all.’
      • ‘One of the most distinctive guitarists of the punk generation, his searing, choking guitar lines lift the songs above the thrash punk anthems they would later become.’
  • 3British informal A party, especially a lively or lavish one.

    • ‘Henry's charity ball had been one hell of a thrash’
    • ‘Meanwhile the players dressed to thrill when they turned out for their thrash at the hotel following their 1-0 win.’

Phrasal Verbs

    thrash out
    • thrash something out, thrash out somethingDiscuss something frankly and thoroughly, especially to reach a decision.

      ‘it is essential that conflicting views are heard and thrashed out’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He and Murdoch are due to meet next week to thrash things out.’
      • ‘What I'm getting at is that you seem have a bone to pick with me of late, and we should thrash it out before it becomes a problem.’
      • ‘I want to get all the staff members involved in my case to come together to thrash it out.’
      • ‘But I'm never going to thrash it out with them because they think my taste in music appalling so I never talk to them.’
      • ‘A spokesman for the minister said these issues would be thrashed out in the coming weeks.’
      • ‘Two separate oral hearings are to be scheduled for approximately 6 weeks time when the grievances of all parties will be thrashed out before adjudicating panels.’
      • ‘It is a complex process but it also ensures everyone has their say and matters are thrashed out in detail.’


Old English, variant of thresh (an early sense). Current senses of the noun date from the mid 19th century.