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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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This flight of fancy from Cllr Trickett is more about Birmingham city council thrashing around for extra moneyJulian Knight MP
With six members onstage all thrashing around, two drummers pounded on their kits, while the rest of the band whipped up the euphoria on every track, but there was something totally disengaging about the whole thing.
Local man Derrick Chaulk was driving along Norris Arm North in Newfoundland when he spotted what he thought at first was a beached whale thrashing around on the beach.
K JACKSON, Guisborough 25 YEARS or more ago I wrote about global companies thrashing around the planet like dragons, burning and destroying all life before them.
The stranded buck was found thrashing around near Marsh Lane at Curdworth, in north Warwickshire.
Of course, both your vision and movement were severely limited, and if you tripped and fell down in the damn thing, you'd probably end up thrashing around and swearing, alarming the game even more than might have been the case sans arboreal embellishments.
Just as the thrashing around subsided, Young felt a hand touch his arm and then grab his hand.
According to a report in The Sun, Jonathan Downes spotted the "creature" thrashing around in one of the Lakes of Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland, while on holiday.
Peter sat on our horse's head to stop him thrashing around.
He was sprayed with pepper spray and failed to calm down and was thrashing around in the cruiser.
The group's website said the blowhole was about 2ft under the surface of the mud after it had dug itself in while thrashing around.