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Definition beat severely with a whip or rod;
or: come out better in a competition, race, or conflict;
or: censure severely or angrily
  • He was trounced almost every night.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
trounced = beaten badly
  • On Himmel Street, her team had trounced Rudy's 6-1, and triumphant, she burst into the kitchen, telling Mama and Papa all about the goal she'd scored.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • trounced = easily beaten
  • Or was it possible to trounce them and impose a peace?
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • He's away to the North trouncing those giants.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • "I'm a bit soggy," Pippa calls after we've thoroughly trounced her.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • With these new victories he went parading in to Gottlieb, and suddenly he was being trounced: "Oh!
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • They hadn't won a game all year, and they had been recently trounced 8-0 by Lake Windsor Middle.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • He moped into the schoolyard wishing she were a boy, and imagining how he would trounce her if she were.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Tom wondered if Red was going to try to trounce him, and for the first time he wasn't afraid.
    Hal Borland  --  When the Legends Die
  • Within months of its debut in 1996, Blue's Clues was trouncing Sesame Street in the ratings.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • You trounced me these last two terms, I was bound to catch a break sooner or later.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • On these occasions he had not shrunk from trouncing his hearers with some vigorous home-truths.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • Why is it Murtagh was able to trounce you on the Burning Plains, even though he was nowhere near as fast or strong as you?
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • There's no one left in the world I can defeat in chess, trounce—I can trounce the way I trounce you.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Now, I'll show you how to trounce your husband.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The pieces themselves she performed quite rudely, as if she would trounce them.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • "I bet they won't expect to be trounced by a beautiful lady."
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • No need to trounce all over Kara-she could hardly be blamed.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • It was the same expression she wore when she had thoroughly trounced me in checkers.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • Once, during a brief halt, when he got tangled in the traces and delayed the start, both Dave and Solleks flew at him and administered a sound trouncing.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild

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