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1 to defeat by a large margin
  • the incumbent has been thrashing his opponents for so long that there's never any real contest for the Senate seat

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2 to strike repeatedly with something long and thin or flexible
  • thrashed the poor horse with a riding crop

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3 to strike repeatedly
  • the tree branches thrashed the sides of the house as the storm continued to rage

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4 to make jerky or restless movements
  • in obvious pain, the wounded soldier thrashed about his cot

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How is the word thrash distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of thrash are brandish, flourish, swing, and wave. While all these words mean "to wield or cause to move to and fro or up and down," thrash suggests vigorous, abrupt, violent movement.

an infant thrashing his arms about

When can brandish be used instead of thrash?

While the synonyms brandish and thrash are close in meaning, brandish implies threatening or menacing motion.

brandishing a knife

When would flourish be a good substitute for thrash?

The words flourish and thrash are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, flourish suggests vigorous, ostentatious, graceful movement.

flourished the winning lottery ticket

When might swing be a better fit than thrash?

Although the words swing and thrash have much in common, swing implies regular or uniform movement.

swing the rope back and forth

Where would wave be a reasonable alternative to thrash?

In some situations, the words wave and thrash are roughly equivalent. However, wave usually implies smooth or continuous motion.

waving the flag

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The first known use of thrash was in 1568

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“Thrash.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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