\ ˈtrau̇n(t)s How to pronounce trounce (audio) \
trounced; trouncing

Definition of trounce

transitive verb

: to thrash or punish severely especially : to defeat decisively

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Examples of trounce in a Sentence

our candidate trounced her opponent in the election, winning with 76% of the vote
Recent Examples on the Web Of course, this is also a variation on a theme The Good Wife tackled, too, which is that money and power often trounce a person’s values. Chancellor Agard,, "The Good Fight recap: The gang goes wild after being satirized by a play," 7 May 2020 If 2019 was a bad year for Tony Tan Caktiong, the Philippine tycoon who built a fast-food empire that trounced McDonald’s in his home market, 2020 is shaping out to be worse for his company’s stock. Ian C Sayson,, "Fried Chicken King of Asia Loses $2.9 Billion on U.S. Gamble," 29 Apr. 2020 In early February, the Grizzlies powered into the American Airlines Center, ignored chaos surrounding potential trade-deadline moves for both teams, and trounced the Mavericks, 121-107. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Led by another dominant night from Kristaps Porzingis, Mavs avenge an ugly February loss with blowout of Grizzlies," 7 Mar. 2020 Sanders, who trounced Hillary Clinton in Colorado's 2016 caucuses, is relying on his strong grass-roots following. Michael Finnegan, Anchorage Daily News, "Bloomberg drops $124 million in Super Tuesday states. Rivals go on the attack," 18 Feb. 2020 Part of the reason Biden has remained so durable despite cringe-inducing moments is that Democrats, more than anything, want someone who can trounce Trump next year. Time Staff, Time, "Booker Rises, Biden Stays Afloat and Nobody Wants to Dwell on Impeachment. 10 Takeaways From the November Debate," 21 Nov. 2019 Buttar has raised nearly $500,000, more than many of the election opponents Pelosi has trounced over the years. Joe Garofoli,, "Coronavirus forces Nancy Pelosi’s SF election foe to take a different path," 2 Apr. 2020 That's the state of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh's program after the Wolverines were trounced by Ohio State, 56-27, on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football wilts against Ohio State, 56-27: Here's how Wolverines lost the big one," 30 Nov. 2019 Mayfield threw two interceptions — one by Sherman in the first quarter — as the Browns were trounced 31-3 by the unbeaten 49ers. Tom Withers, The Denver Post, "Richard Sherman plans to apologize to Baker Mayfield over handshake flap," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of trounce

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trounce

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The first known use of trounce was in 1868

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17 May 2020

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“Trounce.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of trounce

: to defeat (someone or something) easily and thoroughly


\ ˈtrau̇ns How to pronounce trounce (audio) \
trounced; trouncing

Kids Definition of trounce

1 : to beat severely : flog
2 : to defeat thoroughly

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