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trounce

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v trounce censure severely or angrily "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car","The deputy ragged the Prime Minister","The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
    • v trounce come out better in a competition, race, or conflict "Agassi beat Becker in the tennis championship","We beat the competition","Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game"
    • v trounce beat severely with a whip or rod "The teacher often flogged the students","The children were severely trounced"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Trounce To punish or beat severely; to whip smartly; to flog; to castigate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • trounce To punish or beat severely; thrash or whip smartly; castigate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Trounce trowns to punish or beat severely.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tronce, tronche, a stump, piece of wood. See Truncheon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. troncer, to cut—L. truncus, a trunk.

Usage

In literature:

The late Thomas Trounce, of this city, owned the property and managed it.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
He should be jolly well trounced!
"The Gold Girl" by James B. Hendryx
Roseleaf would have enjoyed following the negro and giving him a severe trouncing.
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
Had Jean Bart been here alone I could have trounced him well.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
In your place I'd trounce the villain finely.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 109, November, 1866" by Various
It's a notification that the trouncing I gave those fellows Hall and Wilson is a declaration of war to the knife.
"Ralph on the Overland Express" by Allen Chapman
Even Hill School and Pennington might trounce them.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
But by and by the little fellow snapped at Jim and made Jim angry, and he bounced on the coyote and gave him a good trouncing.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
Thou must not sit upon her back, but I will trounce her finely.
"Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales" by Anonymous
Whoever did it ought to be trounced.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The committee is very hot against him, and no matter if they trounce him.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Nick seized a pole and trounced them impartially till they scattered out of his reach.
"In the Brooding Wild" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was a real luxury for her to meet with some one who could thoroughly trounce her tyrant.
"Eyes Like the Sea" by Mór Jókai
Electra, I could trounce you for not telling me.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
American young lady quite capable of giving honorable husband a good trouncing with a black-snake whip.
"Molly Brown's Sophomore Days" by Nell Speed
She needs a good trouncing, and she'll get it, too.
"Helen Grant's Schooldays" by Amanda M. Douglas
Bauldy, having sunk terror-stricken to the ground, is soundly cuffed and trounced by the two women.
"Allan Ramsay" by William Henry Oliphant Smeaton
Oh, I could find it in my heart to trounce that fellow, sister.
"Horse-Shoe Robinson" by John Pendleton Kennedy
This was the young man who, less than an hour ago, was vowing to trounce the author of "Ashes" for his gloomy view of life.
"The Call of the Town" by John Alexander Hammerton
Southey had many enemies who were glad to see him trounced.
"The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb" by Charles Lamb
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In poetry:

O, it was fun alive, I vow,
To see that fellow bounce
And hear him howl and make a row
And threaten he would trounce
"Dear Friends And Neighbors" by David John Scott
Where's the speech with phrases frilly,
Trouncing foemen willy nilly,
Waving arms, gesticulations,
Posturing and wild gyrations?
Briefly, where's the vaudeville
That, in olden days was Bill?
"'Billy'" by C J Dennis

In news:

Bulldogs trounce Patriots, reach third straight title game.
President Barack Obama would be delighted with a repeat of 2008, when he trounced Sen John McCain with almost 100 electoral votes to spare.
DC men never trail, trounce Hanover 75-58.
You guys try so hard but always get trounced by iPhone and Android.
Market-trouncing returns could be written in this 4-Star.
Increased deportations reduce Obama's popularity with Latinos, but he still trounces Romney, Perry in match-up.
College soccer roundup: Mustangs women trounce Hornets.
Kaneland (13-9, 6-4 Western Sun Conference) trounced visiting Batavia on Tuesday in six innings, 11-1.
Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente and Peggy Quince trounced an extraordinary attempt by the GOP to oust them.
Democrats say they were trounced by GOP-aligned third-party groups in 2010 races.
The Jets trounce the Rams .
Pinkett has career day as UK women trounce Miami.
Barack Obama just trounced a Republican opponent for the second time.
Cleveland Blue Raiders trounce Red Bank Lions.
The Knicks Just Trounced the NBA's Best Team.
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