thrash suggests vigorous, abrupt, violent movement.
an infant thrashing his arms about
Examples of thrash in a Sentence
He thrashed me with his belt.
The team thrashed them last week.
Something was thrashing wildly in the water.
She thrashed around in her sleep. Noun
The shark swam away with a thrash of its tail.
Recent Examples on the Web
Tail Thrashing: An agitated or threatened alligator might thrash its tail in the water, producing splashes.—Craig Caudill, Field & Stream, 30 Nov. 2023 The wolf jumped into the water of Hallow Bay and grabbing the harbor seal’s tail, thrashing it around.—Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 2 Nov. 2023 The Wildcats average start on their first three drives was on the visitors’ 33-yard line, resulting in quick and devastating scores as El Camino thrashed Mt. Carmel, 69-6.—Tim Meehan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2023 Bear-hugging a thrashing catfish is a good way to lose your suit, so guys should plan to knot the waist strings on their trunks and gals should opt for a one-piece or more athletic top.
Goggles.—Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 15 Nov. 2023 The goal isn’t to thrash against disconnection—or to panic, the old human instinct toward mastery and subjugation—but to somehow integrate it.—Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 25 Sep. 2023 But despite thrashing rains, boulders tumbling onto highways, washed out roads, floating cars, toppled trees and even a 5.1 earthquake, there were no significant roadway disasters caused by the storm.—Rachel Uranga, Los Angeles Times, 21 Aug. 2023 Swift relief for a dying industry The concert film could help revive the movie-going experience at a crucial time for the industry as the rise of at-home streaming has thrashed ticket sales and called into question the viability of the movie theater format in the digital age.—Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 13 Oct. 2023 In the end, the chaos on Capitol Hill seems like the logical next step for a Republican Party that has been thrashing against itself for much of the last decade, with Trump often at the center of the action.—Rick Klein, ABC News, 3 Oct. 2023
Fans of thrash metal, folk rock, punk, and hill country blues will be able to find common ground this month in helping to fund support for people with cancer.—Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 18 Oct. 2023 The Coachella site is a familiar one for Metallica, which hosted its own Big 4 festival there in 2011, alongside other originators of thrash metal: Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax.—Steve Appleford, Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2023 The band’s sole album was an underrated gem of bombastic thrash metal, produced by rock legend Eddie Kramer, best known for his work with another power trio, the Jimi Hendrix Experience.—Al Shipley, Spin, 28 Sep. 2023 The morning sky like blue lacquer on porcelain, the breeze off the Lac, and mere feet away, the thrash of dozens of racers tearing through the water.—Devin Gordon, New York Times, 6 Dec. 2022 The 24-song, three-plus-hour marathon set came five days after the release of the Australian sextet’s new thrash metal/prog extravaganza, PetroDragonic Apocalypse or Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation.—Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 22 June 2023 Gale was the thrash metal band’s 34-year-old vocalist.—Dallasnews.com Staff, Dallas News, 15 June 2023 In the clip, the otter bites, thrashes, and claws at an occupied surfboard while the surfer tries to paddle away with the board.—Michael Lee Simpson, Peoplemag, 12 July 2023 King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard fans crossing their fingers for a nearly 10-minute thrash metal song about a murderous giant lizard and featuring Latin chanting are in luck.—Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 6 June 2023 See More
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