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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. The fox thrashed about trying to get free from the trap.
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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. The fox thrashed around trying to get free from the trap.
To engage in a thorough discussion in order to determine a solution to a problem. A noun or pronoun can be used between "thrash" and "out." 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.
to move about restlessly or violently. Settle down and stop thrashing around. Timmy thrashed around all night when he had the high fever.
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.
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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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]
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.