thrash·​ing | \ ˈthra-shiŋ How to pronounce thrashing (audio) \
plural thrashings

Definition of thrashing

1 : 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
2 : 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

First Known Use of thrashing

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Thrashing.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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out of the ordinary or unreasonable

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