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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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Fall-outs of this nature should be thrashed out while normal service continues.
The deal was thrashed out between unions and First bus bosses.
Ascot would love to have him for the King George, and when decision time comes the implications of a three-week gap between the Eclipse and Ascot, and the 18-day gap between the Juddmonte International and the Irish Champion Stakes (the latter race a definite target), will be fully thrashed out by connections.