AskDefine | Define trounce

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1 beat severely with a whip or rod; "The teacher often flogged the students"; "The children were severely trounced" [syn: flog, welt, whip, lather, lash, slash, strap]
2 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" [syn: beat, beat out, crush, shell, vanquish]
3 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" [syn: call on the carpet, rebuke, rag, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out, chew up, have words, lambaste, lambast]

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From French tronce, tronche, a stump, piece of wood. See truncheon.



  1. to win against (someone) by a wide margin; to beat thoroughly, to defeat heavily
    Another Wiktionarian would undoubtedly trounce me at Scrabble.



Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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