Synonyms of thrash in English:


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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

rare quirt

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

US own

3‘he lay on the ground thrashing around in pain’


flail, thresh, flounder, toss and turn, jerk, toss, squirm, writhe, twist, wriggle, wiggle, twitch


    thrash something out

      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