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thresh

[ thresh ]SEE DEFINITION OF thresh
  • verbbeat
  • verbthrash

Synonyms for thresh

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Antonyms for thresh

  • compliment
  • fail
  • fix
  • let go
  • lose
  • mend
  • praise
  • protect
  • surrender
  • tap
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR THRESH

But fortunately he came up on the surface to thresh about some more.

The Moujik began to thresh: from every sheaf he got a peck of grain.

All his optimism failed to thresh a grain of hope from the chaff of his postulations.

He fell with a great roar, and began to thresh about in the bushes.

Be sensible; stack what you can, but don't wait to thresh or grind.

He has sown, but he has also to reap; and if reaping is done, he has to thresh and to winnow.

His wheel is not to grind, but to thresh; the horses' feet are not to break, but to separate.

The two of you will have to thresh it out between yourselves.

Overhead could be distinctly heard the thresh of the vessel's propellers.

Some of them thresh, clean, and sack the wheat as fast as it is cut and bound.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English þrescan, þerscan "to beat, sift grain by trampling or beating," from Proto-Germanic *threskanan "to thresh," originally "to tread, to stamp noisily" (cf. Middle Dutch derschen, Dutch dorschen, Old High German dreskan, German dreschen, Old Norse þreskja, Gothic þriskan), from PIE root *tere- "to rub, turn" (see throw).

The basic notion is of treading out wheat under foot of men or oxen, later, with the advent of the flail, the word acquired its modern extended sense of "to knock, beat, strike." The original Germanic sense is suggested by the use of the word in Romanic languages that borrowed it, e.g. Italian trescare "to prance," Old French treschier "to dance," Spanish triscar "to stamp the feet."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR THRESH

beat

verbinjure by striking

flapping

verbflutter

thrash

verbflail about; beat
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