(past & past part. trounced; pres. part. trouncing)
2. Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict. Synonyms: beat, beat out, crush, shell, vanquish. "We beat the competition" , "Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game" 3. Censure severely or angrily. Synonyms: bawl out, berate, call down, call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, jaw, lambast, lambaste, lecture, rag, rebuke, remonstrate, reprimand, reproof, scold, take to task. "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister" , "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
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"Trounce" Quotes from Famous Books
... Father on a Tree For such another tempting Fee; Smiling, said he, the Cause is clear, I'll manage him you need not fear; The Case is judg'd, good Sir, but look In Galen, No—in my Lord Cook, I vow to God I was mistook: I'll take out a Provincial Writ, And trounce him for his Knavish Wit; Upon my Life we'll win the Cause, With all the ease I cure the (kk) Yaws; Resolv'd to plague the holy Brother, I set one Rogue to catch another; To try the cause then fully bent, ...
— The Sot-weed Factor: or, A Voyage to Maryland • Ebenezer Cook
... drubbing; told him he lived in an excellent country for a man afflicted with his malady; and promised, if it were at all possible, to create him a private enemy or two, who, they hoped in heaven, might trounce him to some purpose. ...
— Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories • William Carleton
... crafty, for all your simple ways. Mind, I don't say you haven't done well for yourself, you have—a deal better than you deserve. But don't ever say you couldn't help it to me again! For if you do, I'll trounce you for it, do you hear? None of your coy airs for me! I won't put up with 'em. You'll behave yourself as long as you're in this house, or I'll ...
— Greatheart • Ethel M. Dell
... laughing, to think how you fooled your father, aren't you?" murmured Mr. Finbrink. "Well, it was a good joke, and I admit it, young man, so I'm not going to trounce you this time. But I'd be glad if you'd wake up and tell me who put ...
— The High School Boys' Fishing Trip • H. Irving Hancock
Words linked to "Trounce" : overmaster, mop up, chastise, outgo, get the jump, rebuke, chouse, cream, overcome, scoop, screw, outscore, mate, slash, trouncing, lash, criticise, get the better of, birch, horsewhip, pick apart, bat, rout, worst, vanquish, spreadeagle, bawl out, outfight, outperform, take to task, win, outmatch, have the best, surpass, correct, subdue, lambast, cat, switch, immobilise, rag, cheat, overpower, castigate, exceed, spread-eagle, shaft, work over, get over, leather, drub, outplay, jockey, tell off, outfox, pip, outdo, thrash, knock, outstrip, outflank, get the best, beat up, lick, surmount, walk over, rack up, chicane, circumvent, best, objurgate, outsmart, brush down, defeat, flagellate, clobber, outpoint, eliminate, trump, checkmate, chasten, cowhide, master, criticize, scourge, immobilize, overreach, overwhelm, outwit, have words, whomp
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