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 for thrash
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              The wheat was reaped, thrashed, and winnowed by
              machines.                             --H. Spencer.
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     2. To beat soundly, as with a stick or whip; to drub.
        [1913 Webster] Thrash

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Thrash \Thrash\, Thresh \Thresh\, v. t.
     1. To practice thrashing grain or the like; to perform the
        business of beating grain from straw; as, a man who
        thrashes well.
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     2. Hence, to labor; to toil; also, to move violently.
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              I rather would be Maevius, thrash for rhymes,
              Like his, the scorn and scandal of the times.
                                                    --Dryden.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  thrash
      n 1: a swimming kick used while treading water
      v 1: give a thrashing to; beat hard [syn: thrash, thresh,
           lam, flail]
      2: move or stir about violently; "The feverish patient thrashed
         around in his bed" [syn: convulse, thresh, thresh
         about, thrash, thrash about, slash, toss,
         jactitate]
      3: dance the slam dance [syn: slam dance, slam, mosh,
         thrash]
      4: beat so fast that (the heart's) output starts dropping until
         (it) does not manage to pump out blood at all
      5: move data into and out of core rather than performing useful
         computation; "The system is thrashing again!"
      6: beat the seeds out of a grain [syn: thrash, thresh]
      7: beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight;
         "We licked the other team on Sunday!" [syn: cream, bat,
         clobber, drub, thrash, lick]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  120 Moby Thesaurus words for "thrash":
     bang, baste, bastinado, batter, beat, beat all hollow, beat hollow,
     belabor, belt, best, birch, bolt, buffet, cane, clobber, club,
     cordon, cordon off, cowhide, cudgel, cull out, cut, defeat,
     destroy, divide, do in, drub, fix, flagellate, flail, flap, flog,
     fustigate, ghettoize, gin, give a whipping, give the stick, hammer,
     hide, hors de combat, horsewhip, insulate, isolate, keep apart,
     keep aside, knock, knout, lace, lambaste, larrup, lash, lather,
     lay aside, lay on, lick, maul, outclass, outdo, outfight,
     outgeneral, outmaneuver, outpoint, outrun, outsail, outshine, pail,
     paste, patter, pelt, pick out, pistol-whip, pommel, pound,
     pulverize, pummel, put, put aside, quarantine, rap, rawhide,
     riddle, ruin, scourge, screen, seclude, segregate, separate,
     set apart, set aside, settle, shellac, sieve, sift, skin,
     skin alive, sledgehammer, smear, smite, smother, sort out, spank,
     strap, strike, stripe, swinge, switch, thresh, thump, trim,
     triumph over, trounce, truncheon, undo, wallop, wear out, whale,
     whip, whop, winnow, worst
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  thrash
   vi.
  
      To move wildly or violently, without accomplishing anything useful. Paging
      or swapping systems that are overloaded waste most of their time moving
      data into and out of core (rather than performing useful computation) and
      are therefore said to thrash. Someone who keeps changing his mind (esp.
      about what to work on next) is said to be thrashing. A person frantically
      trying to execute too many tasks at once (and not spending enough time on
      any single task) may also be described as thrashing. Compare multitask.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  thrash
  thrashing
  
     To move wildly or violently, without accomplishing anything
     useful.  Paging or swapping systems that are overloaded
     waste most of their time moving data into and out of core
     (rather than performing useful computation) and are therefore
     said to thrash.  Thrashing can also occur in a cache due to
     cache conflict or in a multiprocessor (see ping-pong).
  
     Someone who keeps changing his mind (especially about what to
     work on next) is said to be thrashing.  A person frantically
     trying to execute too many tasks at once (and not spending
     enough time on any single task) may also be described as
     thrashing.
  
     Compare multitask.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  

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