trounce
Pronunciation Verb

trounce (trounces, present participle trouncing; past and past participle trounced)

  1. (transitive) To beat#Verb|beat severely; to thrash#Verb|thrash.
    • 1593, Tho[mas] Nashe, “[Dedication]”, in The Apologie of Pierce Pennilesse. Or, Strange Newes, of the Intercepting Certaine Letters: […], Printed at London: By Iohn Danter, […], OCLC 222196160 ↗; republished as John Payne Collier, editor, Strange Newes, of the Intercepting Certaine Letters […] (Miscellaneous Tracts; Temp. Eliz. and Jac. I), [London: s.n., 1870], OCLC 906587369 ↗, page vii ↗:
      I tell you, I meane to trounce him after twenty in the hundred, and have a bout with him with two ſtaves and a pike for this geare.
    • 1876, Mark Twain [pseudonym; Samuel Langhorne Clemens], chapter XX, in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Hartford, Conn.: The American Publishing Company, OCLC 1000326417 ↗, page 162 ↗:
      Tom was so stunned that he had not even presence of mind enough to say "Who cares, Miss Smarty?" until the right time to say it had gone by. So he said nothing. But he was in a fine rage, nevertheless. He moped into the schoolyard wishing she were a boy, and imagining how he would trounce her if she were.
  2. (transitive) To beat or overcome thoroughly, to defeat#Verb|defeat heavily; especially (games, sports) to win#Verb|win against (someone) by a wide margin.
    The Mexican team trounced the Americans by 10 goals to 1.
  3. (transitive) To chastise or punish physically or verbally; to scold#Verb|scold with abusive language.
    Synonyms: censure, rebuke
    • 1593, Gabriel Harvey, Pierces Supererogation: Or A New Prayse of the Old Asse, London: Imprinted by Iohn Wolfe, OCLC 165778203 ↗; republished as John Payne Collier, editor, Pierces Supererogation: Or A New Prayse of the Old Asse. A Preparative to Certaine Larger Discourses, Intituled Nashes S. Fame (Miscellaneous Tracts. Temp. Eliz. & Jac. I; no. 8), [London: [s.n.], 1870], OCLC 23963073 ↗, page 181 ↗:
      Say I, write I, or dooe I, what I can, he will haunt and trounce me perpetually, with ſpiritiſh workes of ſupererogation, inceſſant tormentours of the civilian and devine.
  4. (transitive, Britain, regional) To punish by bringing a lawsuit against; to sue.
    • Slept hard till 8 o'clock, then waked by Mr. Clerke's being come to consult me about Field's business, which we did by calling him up to my bedside, and he says we shall trounce him.
    • Whereupon Mr. Weaver did threaten them, and (to uſe his own Expreſſion) would cauſe them to be trounced, taking down their Names. And the Grand Jury broke up without acting.
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trounce (plural trounces)

  1. An act#Noun|act of trouncing: a severe beating#Noun|beating, a thrashing#Noun|thrashing; a thorough defeat#Noun|defeat.
Verb

trounce (trounces, present participle trouncing; past and past participle trounced) (Britain, dialectal)

  1. (intransitive) To walk#Verb|walk heavily or with some difficulty; to tramp#Verb|tramp, to trudge#Verb|trudge.
    Synonyms: trance
  2. (intransitive) To pass#Verb|pass across or over; to traverse#Verb|traverse.
    Synonyms: trance
  3. (intransitive) To travel#Verb|travel quickly over a long#Adjective|long distance#Noun|distance.
    Synonyms: trance
Noun

trounce (plural trounces) (Britain, dialectal)

  1. A walk#Noun|walk involving some difficulty or effort; a trek#Noun|trek, a tramp#Noun|tramp, a trudge#Noun|trudge.
  2. A journey#Noun|journey involving quick#Adjective|quick travel#Noun|travel; also, one that is dangerous or laborious.
    Synonyms: trance



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