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thrash

To move wildly or violently, without accomplishing anything useful. Paging or swapping systems that are overloaded waste most of their time moving data into and out of core (rather than performing useful computation) and are therefore said to thrash. Thrashing can also occur in a cache due to cache conflict or in a multiprocessor (see ping-pong).

Someone who keeps changing his mind (especially about what to work on next) is said to be thrashing. A person frantically trying to execute too many tasks at once (and not spending enough time on any single task) may also be described as thrashing.

Compare multitask.
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Schulte's management company had agreements with at least six of Thrash's hotels across the country, including the DoubleTree by Hilton in Fort Smith.
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He argued a better solution was for a man who has a drunken neighbour to "thrash him for being a scandal to the neighbourhood", and to "thrash anyone in his home who drinks immoderately, whether man, woman, son, or daughter".
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Porter ends his narrative of the achievements of early-20th century artists by focusing on Philadelphia-based printmaker Dox Thrash and the "achievement of this single contributor to the artistic printing processes in America." Citing Porter in his catalogue essay for Dox Thrash: An African American Master Printmaker Rediscovered, curator John Ittmann goes on to tell us why Thrash was among the most innovative artists of his time.
WALES netball captain Jo Griffiths leads her team against England today declaring: ``We want to thrash them.''