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1‘she thrashed him across the head and shoulders’
hit, beat, flog, whip, horsewhip, scourge, lash, flagellate, flail, strap, birch, cane, belt, leather
North American bullwhip
informal give someone a hiding, tan someone's hide, lather, paste, take a strap to, beat the living daylights out of
North American informal whale
archaic switch, stripe, thong
2‘Newcastle were thrashed 8–1 by the Czech team’
trounce, beat hollow, defeat utterly, rout, annihilate, triumph over, win a resounding victory over, be victorious over, crush, overwhelm, best, get the better of, worst, bring someone to their knees
lick, hammer, clobber, paste, pound, pulverize, crucify, demolish, destroy, drub, give someone a drubbing, cane, walk all over, wipe the floor with, give someone a hiding, take to the cleaners, blow someone out of the water, make mincemeat of, murder, massacre, slaughter, flatten, turn inside out, tank
British stuff, marmalize
North American blow out, cream, shellac, skunk, slam
3‘he lay on the ground thrashing around in pain’
flail, thresh, flounder, toss and turn, jerk, toss, squirm, writhe, twist, wriggle, wiggle, twitch
1‘it is essential that conflicting views are heard and thrashed out’
resolve, settle, sort out, straighten out, iron out, reconcile, disentangle, clarify, clear up, talk through, confer about, debate, exchange views about, exchange views on, chew over, air, ventilate, argue out, argue the pros and cons of
go into, deal with, handle, pursue, examine, explore, review, study, scrutinize, analyse, weigh up, sift
kick about, kick around, bat about, bat around
2‘they spent much of the weekend trying to thrash out an agreement’
produce, come to a decision on, work out, form a resolution about, negotiate, agree on, bring about, complete, accomplish, carry through, effect
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