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 for thrashing
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.
        [1913 Webster]
              The wheat was reaped, thrashed, and winnowed by
              machines.                             --H. Spencer.
        [1913 Webster]
     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 :

  Thrashing \Thrash"ing\,
     a. & n. from Thrash, v.
     [1913 Webster]
     Thrashing floor, Threshing-floor, or Threshing floor, a
        floor or area on which grain is beaten out.
     Thrashing machine, a machine for separating grain from the
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a sound defeat [syn: thrashing, walloping, debacle,
           drubbing, slaughter, trouncing, whipping]
      2: the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
         [syn: beating, thrashing, licking, drubbing,
         lacing, trouncing, whacking]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  74 Moby Thesaurus words for "thrashing":
     Waterloo, assault, bastinado, basting, battering, battery, beating,
     belting, buffeting, caning, castigation, chastisement, clubbing,
     collapse, conquering, conquest, corporal punishment, cowhiding,
     crash, cudgeling, deathblow, debacle, defeasance, defeat,
     destruction, discipline, disciplining, downfall, drubbing, failure,
     fall, flagellation, flailing, flogging, fustigation, hammering,
     hiding, horsewhipping, lacing, lambasting, lashing, lathering,
     licking, mastery, mauling, overcoming, overthrow, overturn,
     pasting, pistol-whipping, pounding, punishment, quietus, rawhiding,
     rout, ruin, scourging, shellacking, smash, spanking, strapping,
     stripes, subdual, subduing, subjugation, swingeing, switching,
     tanning, trimming, trouncing, truncheoning, undoing, vanquishment,

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     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
     Compare multitask.
     [{Jargon File]

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