thrashing

noun thrash·ing \ ˈthra-shiŋ \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of thrashing

plural thrashings
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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