thrash·​ing ˈthra-shiŋ How to pronounce thrashing (audio)
plural thrashings
: a severe beating or flogging
If a poacher was taken he was given a thrashing as well as being prosecuted with its consequent jail sentence.W. Mostyn Thomas
"They called her a little blue ragamuffin, father," said Harry, who ran in looking very angry. "But I have given it to them. They won't insult my sister again. I have given them a thrashing they will remember."Anna Sewell
: a dominating defeat of an opponent
… after going 6-5 on a tough road trip that concluded with 9-2 and 12-4 thrashings of the Giants last weekend, they were 57-41 …Phil Taylor

Examples of thrashing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web India flamed out in a thrashing to England and trudged off the Adelaide Oval in embarrassment apparently in desperate need of regeneration. Tristan Lavalette, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 That string included a 45-3 thrashing of the Jets, who would eliminate them on the same field six weeks later. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 8 Feb. 2024 Of the Nightingale is a 45-minute thrashing, crawling, pulsing solo dance, designed both to exhaust and exult its performer, Stefania Tansini. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 25 Jan. 2024 Durability: Select a book that can hold up to the thrashing, tossing, and tearing of toddlers who don’t know any better yet. Laura Denby, Parents, 30 Nov. 2023 Alabama football thoroughly dismantled Middle Tennessee State Saturday night, in a 56-7 thrashing at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Matt Stahl |, al, 3 Sep. 2023 During Thursday’s committee hearing, members delivered yet another thrashing to the 911 call center, saying the public safety agency is failing to meet its basic responsibilities despite warnings by government officials and outside investigators of vulnerabilities at the agency. Emily Davies, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2023 History says Patterson Mill won’t see another thrashing like Tuesday’s this season. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 12 Sep. 2023 Oklahoma also rose two spots in the rankings to No. 18 after its 73-0 thrashing of Arkansas State. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 5 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of thrashing was in 1799

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“Thrashing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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