Definition of "thrash" [thrash]

  • To beat with or as if with a flail, especially as a punishment. See Synonyms at beat. (verb-transitive)
  • To swing or strike in a manner suggesting the action of a flail: The alligator thrashed its tail. (verb-transitive)
  • To defeat utterly; vanquish. (verb-transitive)
  • To thresh. (verb-transitive)
  • To sail (a boat) against opposing winds or tides. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "thrash" in a sentence
  • "So, did those of us who are truly familiar with Rogers 'work really expect him to "thrash" Nagin?"
  • "I personally found the debate disappointing - I believe when time is limited you need to zero in on one or two core issues and then 'thrash' it backwards and forwards, with some approach to achieving substantial clarity on the subject in question."
  • "When I come back we'll kind of thrash things out and see what's to be done."