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 for thresh
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 The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Thresh \Thresh\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Threshed; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Threshing.]
     Same as Thrash.
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           He would thresh, and thereto dike and delve. --Chaucer.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  thresh
      v 1: move or stir about violently; "The feverish patient
           thrashed around in his bed" [syn: convulse, thresh,
           thresh about, thrash, thrash about, slash, toss,
           jactitate]
      2: move like a flail; thresh about; "Her arms were flailing"
         [syn: flail, thresh]
      3: beat the seeds out of a grain [syn: thrash, thresh]
      4: give a thrashing to; beat hard [syn: thrash, thresh,
         lam, flail]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  53 Moby Thesaurus words for "thresh":
     bang, baste, batter, beat, bolt, buffet, cordon, cordon off,
     cull out, divide, drub, flail, flap, ghettoize, gin, hammer,
     insulate, isolate, keep apart, keep aside, knock, lambaste, larrup,
     lay aside, maul, paste, patter, pelt, pick out, pommel, pound,
     pulverize, pummel, put aside, quarantine, rap, riddle, screen,
     seclude, segregate, separate, set apart, set aside, sieve, sift,
     sledgehammer, sort out, spank, thrash, thump, wallop, whip,
     winnow
  
  

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