Definition of trounce in English:


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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Defeat heavily in a contest.

    ‘the Knicks trounced the Rockets on Sunday’
    • ‘Fylde gained ample revenge for an earlier 6-1 defeat by trouncing Arnside Reserves 10-1.’
    • ‘Bury suffered their worst ever Football League Cup defeated when they were trounced 10-by West Ham.’
    • ‘He jumped and travelled really well in that particular contest, as he trounced his opponent by 20 lengths.’
    • ‘They trounced Fiji before losing heavily to South Africa and, most gallingly, being edged out by Samoa at L' Aquila.’
    • ‘The legislative Speaker conceded defeat after being trounced by Jones.’
    • ‘In York White Rose Ladies League division one, Sun's title aspirations were dealt a blow after Tap trounced them 5-2.’
    • ‘Howard, of course, went on to trounce Mark in the only contest that in the end mattered - on the election day.’
    • ‘In fact, since they lost to Melbourne in the 1999 grand final, the Dragons have only beaten their premiership nemesis once - a 50-4 trouncing the following year in Wollongong.’
    • ‘Both sides have recorded good midweek results, Harrogate beating Whitley Bay 1-0 and Farsley trouncing Bradford Park Avenue 4-1.’
    • ‘A furlong out they were hailing a champion but he just got beat; he has not been trounced, he was only beaten in the last 100 yards.’
    • ‘There will have been more than a few County fans aggrieved at defeating Alloa by a margin less impressive than their rivals' 4-1 trouncing the previous week, but let there be no mistake, this was a vital win in a fraught campaign.’
    • ‘Last season they had a point to prove and they did just that, going unbeaten through their league campaign and then trouncing Grange in the Scottish Cup final just 24 hours after the Edinburgh club had been crowned Premier League champions.’
    • ‘The President's party looked set for five years in power and a free hand on reforms yesterday after trouncing the left and far right in first round voting that pointed to a solid parliament majority.’
    • ‘Despite these admirable performances, the Scots couldn't prevent St. Benedict from trouncing them 119-41.’
    • ‘The major countries are trouncing the minor countries, which really makes one wonder about the countries that have been eliminated on the way to these finals.’
    • ‘Australia's cricketers are back after trouncing England by 57 runs in last night's match here.’
    • ‘Even with the forwards far below their recent best, Scotland, though roundly trounced by the end, had enough of the ball and the game against Ireland to have won the match.’
    defeat utterly, beat hollow, win a resounding victory over, annihilate, drub, rout, give someone a drubbing, crush, overwhelm, bring someone to their knees
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    1. 1.1Rebuke or punish severely.
      ‘some shows were trounced by critics’
      • ‘Critics trounced it, because that's what they do... they're fickle like that.’
      • ‘He soundly trounced the offenders then had them arrested.’
      • ‘Those comments were roundly trounced by MPs.’
      • ‘She took a cane, and trounced the naughty little old gentleman soundly.’
      • ‘The headmaster trounced the debtors, six strokes each at the back, and thereupon, ordered them to carry their books and go home.’
      thrash, beat, whip, flog, lash, birch, cane, leather, spank, chastise, lambast
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/trouns/ /traʊns/


Mid 16th century (also in the sense ‘afflict’): of unknown origin.