\ ˈthrash How to pronounce thrash (audio) \
thrashed; thrashing; thrashes

Definition of thrash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to beat soundly with or as if with a stick or whip : flog
b : to defeat decisively or severely thrashed the visiting team
2 : to swing, beat, or strike in the manner of a rapidly moving flail thrashing his arms
3a : to go over again and again thrash the matter over inconclusively
b : to hammer out : forge thrash out a plan
4 : to separate the seeds of from the husks and straw by beating : thresh sense 1

intransitive verb

1 : to move or stir about violently : toss about thrash in bed with a fever
2 : to deal blows or strokes like one using a flail or whip



Definition of thrash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of thrashing
2 : rock music (such as heavy metal or punk rock) that is extremely fast and loud

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swing, wave, flourish, brandish, thrash mean to wield or cause to move to and fro or up and down. swing implies regular or uniform movement. swing the rope back and forth wave usually implies smooth or continuous motion. waving the flag flourish suggests vigorous, ostentatious, graceful movement. flourished the winning lottery ticket brandish implies threatening or menacing motion. brandishing a knife thrash suggests vigorous, abrupt, violent movement. an infant thrashing his arms about

Examples of thrash in a Sentence

Verb 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After thrashing Real Valladolid 5-1 in midweek, Barcelona travel to Levante in search of their sixth La Liga win in the row., "The Barcelona XI That Should Start Against Levante in La Liga," 1 Nov. 2019 The win helped make up for the humiliation of being thrashed 145-17 by the New Zealand All Blacks in 1995. The Economist, "Why Japan is learning to love rugby," 19 Sep. 2019 After thrashing Needham, 42-0, in their home opener, the Redhawks look to handle another Bay State Conference foe., "Most read on," 13 Sep. 2019 Lux, a graduate of Kensoha Indian Trail, made his major-league debut in September after thrashing through multiple levels of the organizational chain to get there as a 21-year-old. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kenosha native Gavin Lux is named minor league baseball Player of the Year by Baseball America," 9 Sep. 2019 Los Cules bounced back from that disappointment ,however, by thrashing Valencia 5-2 on Saturday evening at Camp Nou - Luis Suarez bagging a brace, alongside goals from Arthur, Frenkie de Jong and Gerard Pique., "Lionel Messi Returns to Barcelona Training," 15 Sep. 2019 The storm continues to thrash Grand Bahama Island today still as a Category 5 hurricane. Richard Tribou,, "Videos: Hurricane Dorian destruction seen in the Bahamas," 2 Sep. 2019 That evening, when Texas thrashed Missouri for its first bowl win since 2012, was when this program's revival began in earnest. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "UT routs Rice, turns attention to Big 12," 14 Sep. 2019 From their 1997 heartbreak opus, Dig Me Out, to 2005’s equal parts experimental and psychedelic The Woods, their records have offered women catharsis by way of disarmingly raw lyrics and thrashing sounds. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Sleater-Kinney Are Still Here to Subvert, With a New Album and Aesthetic," 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The SoCal four-piece released a string of seminal thrash classics in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, including their genre-defying 1986 magnum opus, Reign in Blood. Bryan Rolli, Billboard, "Slayer Close Out First Leg of Farewell Tour with Blistering, Career-Spanning Austin Performance," 21 June 2018 But while the commander-in-chief thrashes about, something important is taking shape in his shadow — the outlines of a new conservatism inspired, or at least elevated, by his rise to power. David Scharfenberg,, "How Donald Trump just might save the Republican Party — and the country," 6 Sep. 2019 Dorian was now a Category 5 Hurricane, beginning its long thrash of the Bahamas. Dan Zak, Washington Post, "‘This isn’t just a stupid story, it’s a big story’: An oral history of Sharpiegate," 13 Sep. 2019 The record marks a thrash-metal departure from the band’s psych-rock roots, but its manic energy and gut-punch grit amount to a sound unmistakably all King Gizz’s own. Andrea Domanick, Los Angeles Times, "Best live music around L.A.: Carly Rae Jepsen, a mammoth hip-hop festival and more," 6 Aug. 2019 Slayer’s grizzled lead vocalist and bassist asserted his laryngeal dominance over some 14,000 fans at the Austin360 Amphitheater on Wednesday night (June 20), the final stop on the first leg of the thrash titans’ hefty farewell tour. Bryan Rolli, Billboard, "Slayer Close Out First Leg of Farewell Tour with Blistering, Career-Spanning Austin Performance," 21 June 2018 His first band to achieve commercial success, Pantera, practically established the groove metal subgenre with 1990’s Cowboys From Hell, which at its core meant taking thrash metal rhythms and playing them midtempo. Bram Teitelman, Billboard, "10 of Vinnie Paul's Hardest-Rocking Songs, From Pantera's Picks to Hellyeah's Hits," 23 June 2018 Primus and Mastodon are both bands that come from the world of heavy metal but resist categorization: The former blends it with prog rock and funk; the latter skews toward thrash and hard core. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 31 May 2018 Both of those publications were fairly white and suburban; their music tastes were punk rock leaning into thrash metal. Ron Hart, Billboard, "Public Enemy Talks 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' on Its 30th Anniversary," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of thrash


1568, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 4


1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thrash


alteration of thresh

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of thrash was in 1568

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English Language Learners Definition of thrash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit (someone or something) very hard with a stick, whip, etc.
informal : to defeat (someone or something) very easily or completely
: to move about violently



English Language Learners Definition of thrash (Entry 2 of 2)

: a type of rock music that is very fast and loud
: a violent movement
British, informal + old-fashioned : a party with loud music and dancing


\ ˈthrash How to pronounce thrash (audio) \
thrashed; thrashing

Kids Definition of thrash

1 : to beat very hard
2 : to move about violently Something was thrashing wildly in the brush.

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