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Perhaps never in his twenty-two years had young Drummond been so near a thrashing.

This he jerked up and down to make ready for his task of thrashing "the pigmy."

And all the better, I dare say, for the thrashing he got when a youngster, from the Vermont tailor.

They had had to take a thrashing, but that was no reason why a man should not fill his stomach.

From somewhere in the grove came a thrashing of branches and a frightened neigh.

But unless you want a thrashing in the presence of a lady, you'll do nothing foolish.

But was the man received in society after the thrashing I gave him?

Scoundrel, draw your sword, unless you want me to give you a thrashing!

It was bad for the children; they got unruly; and yesterday he actually had to give Gustav a thrashing.

And thrashing noises a little later might have been anything.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "to separate grains from wheat, etc., by beating," dialectal variant of threshen (see thresh). Sense of "beat (someone) with (or as if with) a flail" is first recorded c.1600. Meaning "to make wild movements like those of a flail or whip" is attested from 1846. Related: Thrashed; thrashing. Type of fast heavy metal music first called by this name 1982.

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