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thrash about

To move or flail about restlessly, wildly, or violently. The poor kid is in such pain with his toothache that he's been thrashing about in bed all night. Be careful when you grab the fox—they tend to thrash about when they're frightened.
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thrash around

To move or flail around restlessly, wildly, or violently. The poor kid is in such pain with his toothache that he's been thrashing around in bed all night. Be careful when you grab the fox—they tend to thrash around when they're frightened.
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thrash (something) out

To engage in a thorough discussion in order to find a solution to a problem. We had to stay an extra two hours thrashing this issue out. We're organizing a committee to thrash out the homelessness crisis in the city.
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thrash around

to move about restlessly or violently. Settle down and stop thrashing around. Timmy thrashed around all night when he had the high fever.
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thrash something out

Fig. to discuss something thoroughly and solve any problems. The committee took hours to thrash the whole matter out. John and Anne thrashed out the reasons for their constant disagreements.
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thrash something out of someone

Lit. to beat something out of someone. The sheriff really wanted to thrash the truth out of Tex, but that is illegal. Max wanted to know where the money was hidden and he tried to thrash it out of Lefty.
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thrash about

Also, thrash around. Move wildly or violently, as in He thrashed about all night, unable to sleep, or The fish thrashed around on the dock, so Meg threw it back in the water. [Mid-1800s]
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thrash out

Discuss fully, especially to resolve a problem, as in We'll just have to thrash out our ideas about where to go on vacation. [Late 1800s]
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thrash out

v.
1. To discuss or examine something fully: The committee thrashed out the new budget. The politician thrashed the issue out with her advisers.
2. To come to some agreement or solution through intense debate: The two sides finally thrashed out a compromise. The defense thrashed a deal out with the prosecution.
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thrash on someone

in. to scold, criticize, or berate someone. She’s always thrashing on her roommate.
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