Thrash

Definition of Thrash

v. t.1.To beat out grain from, as straw or husks; to beat the straw or husk of (grain) with a flail; to beat off, as the kernels of grain; as, to thrash wheat, rye, or oats; to thrash over the old straw.
[imp. & p. p. Thrashed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Thrashing.]
The wheat was reaped, thrashed, and winnowed by machines.
- H. Spencer.
2.To beat soundly, as with a stick or whip; to drub.
1.To practice thrashing grain or the like; to perform the business of beating grain from straw; as, a man who thrashes well.
2.Hence, to labor; to toil; also, to move violently.
I rather would be Mævius, thrash for rhymes,
Like his, the scorn and scandal of the times.
- Dryden.

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