1 beat, belt (informal) birch, cane, chastise, clobber (slang) drub, flagellate, flog, give (someone) a (good) hiding (informal) hide (informal) horsewhip, lambast(e), leather, lick (informal) paste (slang) punish, scourge, spank, take a stick to, tan (slang) whip
2 beat, beat (someone) hollow (Brit. informal) blow out of the water (slang) clobber (slang) crush, defeat, drub, hammer (informal) lick (informal) make mincemeat of (informal) maul, overwhelm, paste (slang) rout, run rings around (informal) slaughter (informal) stuff (slang) tank (slang) trounce, wipe the floor with (informal)
3 flail, heave, jerk, plunge, squirm, thresh, toss, toss and turn, writhe
argue out, debate, discuss, have out, resolve, settle, solve, talk over
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thrash ( thrashes plural & 3rd person present) ( thrashing present participle) ( thrashed past tense & past participle )
1 verb If one player or team thrashes another in a game or contest, they defeat them easily or by a large score.
Second-placed Rangers thrashed St Johnstone 5-nil. V n amount, Also V n
2 verb If you thrash someone, you hit them several times as a punishment.
`Liar!' Sarah screamed, as she thrashed the child. `You stole it.' V n
3 verb If someone thrashesabout, or thrashes their arms or legs about, they move in a wild or violent way, often hitting against something. You can also say that someone's arms or legs thrashabout.
Many of the crew died a terrible death as they thrashed about in shark-infested waters... V adv/prep
Jimmy collapsed on the floor, thrashing his legs about like an injured racehorse. V n adv/prep
4 verb If a person or thing thrashes something, or thrashesat something, they hit it continually in a violent or noisy way.
...a magnificent paddle-steamer on the mighty Mississippi, her huge wheel thrashing the muddy water... V n
Three shaggy-haired men thrash tunelessly at their guitars. V at n
1 phrasal verb If people thrash out something such as a plan or an agreement, they decide on it after a great deal of discussion.
The foreign ministers have thrashed out a suitable compromise formula... V P n (not pron)
2 phrasal verb If people thrash out a problem or a dispute, they discuss it thoroughly until they reach an agreement.
...a sincere effort by two people to thrash out differences about which they have strong feelings. V P n (not pron), Also V n P
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