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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR THRESHING

The grey-green woods impassive Had watched the threshing of his limbs.

Suddenly she remembered the night which they had spent in the threshing yard.

I says, 'anything from plowing to threshing and nicking a nag's tail,' I says.

These operations were interspersed with plowing and threshing.

From within sounded a threshing noise, as of a whale caught in shallows.

Next it was for me to throw a lasso over that threshing tail.

Then Mark saw that some object was threshing the bushes furiously.

We pitched on the threshing floor between the village and the castle.

She heard Burns threshing his team at the well, with the sound of oaths.

They began to favor him at threshing or at the fall hog-killing.

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 THRESHING

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nounproducing crops, raising animals
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