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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To thrash; beat.
  • transitive v. To defeat decisively.
  • intransitive v. To censure something or someone forcefully: "I was out to trounce on every digression and indiscretion conducted (or should I say semiconducted) in this performance” ( Robert Maxwell Stern).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to win against (someone) by a wide margin; to beat thoroughly, to defeat heavily
  • v. to punish
  • v. to beat severely; thrash

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To punish or beat severely; to whip smartly; to flog; to castigate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To punish or beat severely; thrash or whip smartly; castigate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. beat severely with a whip or rod
  • v. censure severely or angrily
  • v. come out better in a competition, race, or conflict

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(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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