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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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A senior doctor, seeking anonymity, said that Young Doctors Association activists would often scuffle with patients and attendants while the medical superintendent was helpless as young doctors had also misbehaved and thrashed senior doctors three months ago but no action was taken.
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According to reporter, people took to the streets after the personnel of Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force stopped school buses and thrashed the students.
According to Kashmir Media Service, people took to the streets after the personnel of Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force stopped school buses and thrashed the students.
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Dr Farrukh Hafeez of the Attock district headquarters hospital says he was working as chief medical officer at the hospital in the afternoon on August 12 when a man claiming to be the brother of PTI member Punjab Assembly Yawar Bukhari thrashed him.
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