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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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So, the Thrashes had to pull Her Emmynency from the race and start her instead on the race to recovery.
The Thrashes had been in the market for a filly when they happened upon the colt that would come to be known as Line of David, win the Arkansas Derby, and bring them to the Kentucky Derby in one of the most exciting experiences of their lives.
Instead, the Sonics won only one game before the Lakers thrashed them as thoroughly as an oversized lizard thrashes a city bus.