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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Verb thresh has 4 senses


threshv. t. [OE. , , to beat, AS. , ; akin to D. dorschen, OD. derschen, G. dreschen, OHG. dreskan, Icel. , Sw. tröska, Dan. tærske, Goth. , Lith. traszketi to rattle, Russ. treskate to burst, crackle, tresk' a crash, OSlav. troska a stroke of lighting. Cf. Thresh.].
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "The wheat was reaped, thrashed, and winnowed by machines."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To beat soundly, as with a stick or whip; to drub.  [1913 Webster]
threshv. t. 
  •  To practice thrashing grain or the like; to perform the business of beating grain from straw; as, a man who thrashes well.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Hence, to labor; to toil; also, to move violently.  [1913 Webster]
    "I rather would be Mævius, thrash for rhymes,
    Like his, the scorn and scandal of the times.
    "  [1913 Webster]
threshv. t. & i. 
     Same as Thrash.  [1913 Webster]
    "He would thresh, and thereto dike and delve."  [1913 Webster]


thresh, v.
1 tr. beat out or separate grain from (corn etc.).
2 intr. = THRASH v. 4.
3 tr. (foll. by over) analyse (a problem etc.) in search of a solution.

threshing-floor a hard level floor for threshing esp. with flails. threshing-machine a power-driven machine for separating the grain from the straw or husk. thresh out = thrash out.
var. of THRASH



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




VB punish, chastise, chasten, castigate, correct, inflict punishment, administer correction, deal retributive justice, cowhide, lambaste, visit upon, pay, pay out, serve out, do for, make short work of, give a lesson to, serve one right, make an example of, have a rod in pickle for, give it one, strike, deal a blow to, administer the lash, smite, slap, slap the face, smack, cuff, box the ears, spank, thwack, thump, beat, lay on, swinge, buffet, thresh, thrash, pummel, drub, leather, trounce, sandbag, baste, belabor, lace, lace one's jacket, dress, dress down, give a dressing, trim, warm, wipe, tund, cob, bang, strap, comb, lash, lick, larrup, wallop, whop, flog, scourge, whip, birch, cane, give the stick, switch, flagellate, horsewhip, bastinado, towel, rub down with an oaken towel, rib roast, dust one's jacket, fustigate, pitch into, lay about one, beat black and blue, beat to a mummy, beat to a jelly, give a black eye, tar and feather, pelt, stone, lapidate, masthead, keelhaul, execute, bring to the block, bring to the gallows, behead, decapitate, guillotine, decollate, hang, turn off, gibbet, bowstring, hang draw and quarter, shoot, decimate, burn, break on the wheel, crucify, empale, impale, flay, lynch, electrocute, gas, send to the gas chamber, torture, put on, put to the rack, picket, banish, exile, transport, expel, ostracize, rusticate, drum out, dismiss, disbar, disbench, strike off the roll, unfrock, post, suffer, suffer for, suffer punishment, be flogged, be executed, suffer the ultimate penalty, be hanged, come to the gallows, mount the gallows, swing, twist in the wind, dance upon nothing, die in one's shoes, be rightly served, be electrocuted, fry, ride the lightning, face the firing squad.

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