• WordNet 3.6
    • n thrashing the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
    • n thrashing a sound defeat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Thrashing a. & n. from Thrash v.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thrashing etc. See threshing, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Thrashing the act of beating out grain from the straw: a sound beating or drubbing
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. therscan; cog. with Ger. dreschen.


In literature:

Joe was welcomed home by a thrashing, which he remembers in old age.
"Julia And Her Romeo: A Chronicle Of Castle Barfield" by David Christie Murray
If he goes on troubling and intriguing have him thrashed.
"The Minister of Evil" by William Le Queux
The good magistrate felt like a boy thrashed at school, who fears that his folks at home may learn the whole truth.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai
And there isn't one in our part of the school who can thrash him.
"Eric, or Little by Little" by Frederic W. Farrar
But I mean that you'll take that back or carry away a thrashing that will make you stagger.
"Old Ebenezer" by Opie Read
I don't know whether he thinks I am the fellow that thrashed him, or not.
"The Yacht Club" by Oliver Optic
There'll be muscle enough to thrash you some day.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
He couldn't thrash you, however much he might scold you.
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
Now, Mr. Stone had privately resolved to thrash Craven Le Noir; but he did not deem it expedient to take Cap into his confidence.
"Capitola's Peril" by Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth
But on Friday it came over me just as I was going to thrash Loman.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed

In poetry:

The wind come blustering at the door,
The whipped white lilac thrash the wall;
The candle flame upon the floor
Crept between shadows magical....
"Lambourn Town" by John Freeman
The question, gentlemen—is one of liquor.
You ask for guidance—this is my reply:
He says, when tipsy, he would thrash and kick her.
Let's make him tipsy, gentlemen, and try!
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
He watch’d the liner’s stem ploughing the foam,
He felt her trembling speed and the thrash of her screw.
He heard the passengers’ voices talking of home,
He saw the flag she flew.
"He Fell Among Thieves" by Sir Henry Newbolt
"Old TIM has thrashed runaway Frenchmen in scores,
Who ought to be guarding their cities and shores;
Old PAUL has made little chaps' noses to bleed -
Old PAUL has accomplished the pluckier deed!"
"Old Paul and Old Tim" by William Schwenck Gilbert
This lasted for three days, not more,
When Jemmy Truman call'd her Whore!
If this beginning you admire,
'Twas but the kindling of the fire.
Though the true lover's knot he'd tied,
In the first week he thrash'd his bride.
"The True Lover's Knot" by William Hutton
Poor little elms beneath the oak!
They thrash their arms around and poke
At tyrant throats, and try to stand
Straight up, like owners of the land;
For they expect the vainest things,
And even the boniest have their flings.
"Geometry" by John Crowe Ransom

In news:

The first presidential debate is now history and Mitt Romney thoroughly thrashed President Barack Obama.
Metallica's Orion Music + More Festival Announces Full Lineup, Including Punk and Thrash Stage.
A thrash metal documentary to miss.
Veteran James Thrash was released last week by the Redskins after he failed a physical.
F or fans of quirky thrash-funk and avant-rock guru Les Claypool, Christmas arrived early this year.
Razormaze adds focus to their thrash.
The tribute to printmaker Dox Thrash at 2442 Cecil B Moore Ave was painted over, possibly.
Most of her Bandcamp tags—ranging from tomboy twee- punk to thrash to ukulele punk —came from others' descriptions.
Why was I so thrashed into that mass of wet leaves.
Giants thrash Green Bay Packers 38-10, reinforce themselves as contenders.
Step into Gwar's thrash compactor.
After all, they both took bites of the apple, but only one has taken a sound thrashing for it ever since.
It's a battle of Thrash Metal LEGENDS when Anthrax defends their title against Testament .
(Photo courtesy of UAB News) Chelsea Thrash returns to class at UA gallery (8 photos).
Ashton Kutcher's Thrash Lab Goes For 'Cultural Relevance'.

In science:

Although such effects are well known in the form of cache thrashing and aliasing conflicts, they become more severe when memory access is involved.
Data access optimizations for highly threaded multi-core CPUs with multiple memory controllers
First, if the 1D domain size is a multiple of 64 (minus two boundary layers), the well-known cache thrashing effects are ruinous.
Data access optimizations for highly threaded multi-core CPUs with multiple memory controllers
In addition, repeating sleeps resulted in many unnecessary spins, burned CPU and provokes CPU thrashing.
Exploring Oracle RDBMS latches using Solaris DTrace
Frequent origin of long latch holding time distribution tails is so-called CPU thrashing.
Exploring Oracle RDBMS latches using Solaris DTrace
Common advice to prevent CPU thrashing is to tune SQL in order to reduce CPU consumption.
Exploring Oracle RDBMS latches using Solaris DTrace