Definition of trounce in English:



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

    ‘Essex trounced Cambridgeshire 5–1 in the final’
    • ‘In York White Rose Ladies League division one, Sun's title aspirations were dealt a blow after Tap trounced them 5-2.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They trounced Fiji before losing heavily to South Africa and, most gallingly, being edged out by Samoa at L' Aquila.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Howard, of course, went on to trounce Mark in the only contest that in the end mattered - on the election day.’
    • ‘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 legislative Speaker conceded defeat after being trounced by Jones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He jumped and travelled really well in that particular contest, as he trounced his opponent by 20 lengths.’
    • ‘Both sides have recorded good midweek results, Harrogate beating Whitley Bay 1-0 and Farsley trouncing Bradford Park Avenue 4-1.’
    • ‘Fylde gained ample revenge for an earlier 6-1 defeat by trouncing Arnside Reserves 10-1.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bury suffered their worst ever Football League Cup defeated when they were trounced 10-by West Ham.’
    • ‘Australia's cricketers are back after trouncing England by 57 runs in last night's match here.’
    • ‘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.’
    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. 1.1 Rebuke or punish severely.
      ‘insider dealing has been roundly trounced’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the young woman in the leather suit had trounced several of the black-clad thugs.’
      • ‘Critics trounced it, because that's what they do... they're fickle like that.’
      • ‘On more than one occasion, a self-appointed individual would take it upon himself to give me a severe trouncing.’
      thrash, beat, whip, flog, lash, birch, cane, leather, spank, chastise, lambaste
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Mid 16th century (also in the sense ‘afflict’): of unknown origin.