Thrash Thrash, Thresh Thresh, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Thrashed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thrashing}.] [OE. [thorn]reschen, [thorn]reshen, to beat, AS. [thorn]erscan, [thorn]rescan; akin to D. dorschen, OD. derschen, G. dreschen, OHG. dreskan, Icel. [thorn]reskja, Sw. tr["o]ska, Dan. t[ae]rske, Goth. [thorn]riskan, Lith. traszketi to rattle, Russ. treskate to burst, crackle, tresk' a crash, OSlav. troska a stroke of lighting. Cf. {Thresh}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

The wheat was reaped, thrashed, and winnowed by machines. --H. Spencer. [1913 Webster]

2. To beat soundly, as with a stick or whip; to drub. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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