Thrash Thresh, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thrashed p. pr. & vb. n. Thrashing.]
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.
The wheat was reaped, thrashed, and winnowed by machines. --H. Spencer.
2. To beat soundly, as with a stick or whip; to drub.
Thrash·ing a. & n. from Thrash, v.
Thrashing floor, Threshing-floor, or Threshing floor, a floor or area on which grain is beaten out.
Thrashing machine, a machine for separating grain from the straw.
n 1: a sound defeat [syn: walloping, debacle, drubbing, slaughter,
2: the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated
blows [syn: beating, licking, drubbing, lacing, trouncing,