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trounce

[trouns] /traʊns/
verb (used with object), trounced, trouncing.
1.
to beat severely; thrash.
2.
to punish.
3.
to defeat decisively.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; origin uncertain
Related forms
trouncer, noun
untrounced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for trounced

trounce

/traʊns/
verb
1.
(transitive) to beat or defeat utterly; thrash
Word Origin
C16: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for trounced

trounce

v.

1550s, "to trouble, afflict, harass," later "to beat, thrash" (1560s), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to Middle French troncer "to cut, cut off a piece from," from tronce "piece of timber," from Old French tronc (see trunk). Related: Trounced; trouncing.

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