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trounce

[ trouns ]
/ traʊns /
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verb (used with object), trounced, trounc·ing.

to beat severely; thrash.
to punish.
to defeat decisively.

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Origin of trounce

First recorded in 1545–55; origin uncertain

OTHER WORDS FROM trounce

trouncer, nounun·trounced, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for trounce

trounce
/ (traʊns) /

verb

(tr) to beat or defeat utterly; thrash

Word Origin for trounce

C16: of unknown origin
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