From Middle English thrasshen, a dialectal variant of thresshen, threshen (whence the modern English thresh), from Old English þrescan, from Proto-Germanic *þreskaną, whence also Old High German dreskan, Old Norse þreskja.
- To beat mercilessly.
- 2023 February 22, Howard Johnston, “Southern '313s': is the end now in sight?”, in RAIL, number 977, page 42:
- The rural Midland & Great Northern backwaters from Norfolk to Leicester closed in February 1959 before they could be used there, and thrashing them on the GN main line instead resulted in a memorably poor ride and rattling windows, caused by vibration from their engines and suspect suspension.
- To defeat utterly.
- 2011 January 8, Paul Fletcher, “Stevenage 3 - 1 Newcastle”, in BBC:
- Pardew made five changes to the side that thrashed West Ham 5-0 on Wednesday - with players such as James Perch and Alan Smith given the chance to underline their case for a regular starting berth.
- To thresh.
- To move about wildly or violently; to flail; to labour.
- (software) To extensively test a software system, giving a program various inputs and observing the behavior and outputs that result.
- (computing) In computer architecture, to cause or undergo poor performance of a virtual memory (or paging) system.
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- (countable) A beat or blow; the sound of beating.
- 1918, Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams:
- Even among friends at the dinner-table he talked as though he were denouncing them, or someone else, on a platform; he measured his phrases, built his sentences, cumulated his effects, and pounded his opponents, real or imagined. His humor was glow, like iron at dull heat; his blow was elementary, like the thrash of a whale.
- 2016, Clark Nida, The Titan Kiss:
- Spinning full-circle, the aircraft careered out of control. It bounced twice on the waves, each time managing to free itself from the engulfing spray with vigorous thrashes of its one good wing.
- (music, uncountable) Ellipsis of .
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- (computing, software) P. J. Denning. 1968. Thrashing: Its Causes and Prevention. Proceedings AFIPS,1968 Fall Joint Computer Conference, vol. 33, pp. 915-922.
thrash m (uncountable)
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- Chambers 1908.