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thrash out of (someone or something)
1. To escape from some confinement or restraints by moving and flailing wildly. The weasel thrashed out of the trap and ran off into the woods. I tried to hold the dog still for the injection, but it thrashed out of my arms.
2. To cause someone to divulge some information by severely and repeatedly beating them. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "thrash" and "out." The detective attempted to thrash the kidnapped girl's location out of the criminal. You can't just thrash a confession out of the suspects! We have a little something called due process in this country!
3. To cause someone to give up some quality or conviction by severely and repeatedly beating them. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "thrash" and "out." The colonizers attempted to thrash our native language out of us as part of their conquest centuries ago. The alien race tried to thrash the hope out of their human slaves.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.