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Verb: trounce  trawn(t)s
  1. Beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
    "We trounced the other team on Sunday!";
    - cream, bat, clobber, drub, thrash, lick, beat hollow, smoke [N. Amer], hammer, tromp [N. Amer], muller [Brit], whale [N. Amer], slaughter, wipe the floor
     
  2. Beat severely with a whip or rod
    "The children were severely trounced";
    - flog, welt, whip, lather, lash, slash, strap, whale [N. Amer]
     
  3. Come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
    - beat, beat out, crush, shell, vanquish
     
  4. Censure severely or angrily
    "The deputy trounced the Prime Minister";
    - call on the carpet [US], take to task, rebuke, rag, reproof, lecture, reprimand, jaw, dress down, call down, scold, chide, berate, bawl out, remonstrate, chew out [N. Amer], chew up [N. Amer], have words, lambaste, lambast, ream [N. Amer]

Derived forms: trounced, trouncing, trounces

Type of: beat, beat up, criticise [Brit], criticize, damn, defeat, get the better of, knock, overcome, pick apart, work over