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tr.v. trounced, trounc·ing, trounc·es
1. To thrash; beat: "A crew of clean-cut thugs trounced him as he stepped out of a taxi into the unlit street" (Christropher Hunt).
2. To defeat decisively: The mayor was trounced in the election.
3. To criticize severely: The play was trounced by reviewers.

[Origin unknown.]
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Noun1.trouncing - a sound defeattrouncing - a sound defeat      
defeat, licking - an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest; "it was a narrow defeat"; "the army's only defeat"; "they suffered a convincing licking"
2.trouncing - the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blowstrouncing - the act of inflicting corporal punishment with repeated blows
corporal punishment - the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
flogging, lashing, whipping, flagellation, tanning - beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment
flagellation - beating as a source of erotic or religious stimulation
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nPrügel pl (also Sport); to give somebody a trouncingjdm Prügel verpassen
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Once, during a brief halt, when he got tangled in the traces and delayed the start, both Dave and Sol- leks flew at him and administered a sound trouncing. The resulting tangle was even worse, but Buck took good care to keep the traces clear thereafter; and ere the day was done, so well had he mastered his work, his mates about ceased nagging him.
Half a dozen special policemen, hired by the Weasel Park management, received an impartial trouncing from both sides.
but we did receive a trouncing as we scattered in all directions.
SUKKUR -- Progressive Lawyers Panel won majority seats trouncing National Lawyers Panel in election for High Court Bar Association Sukkur held on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Sofia Chabon and Kristine Torralba took the last two matches with the former trouncing Zulaikah Nasser of Malaysia, 3 and 2, and the latter crushing Charlayne Shing Ling, also of Malaysia, 4 and 3, respectively.
Adamson University picked up its third straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after trouncing Technological Institute of the Philippines, 25-12, 25-14, 25-13, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.
The Ulster outfit are surprise quarter-finalists and Clarke believes they'll defend in numbers to avoid a trouncing.
It refers to Scotland trouncing England just after the 1966 World Cup.
Al Jazira returned to their winning ways by trouncing Dibba 4-0.
Orchard Athletic lead a three-way tie at the head of Premier Two, conceding their first goal of the season but trouncing Bedworth Prince 5-1 on the back of a Zak Fotheringham hat-trick.
As the sixth and seventh seeds, respectively, the pair received byes into the second round, and Davydenko wasted little time in trouncing Benjamin Becker 6-2 6-1.
MY WEEK Punting high It has to be England trouncing the mouthy Croats at Wembley Punting low Getting clamped last Friday night in Dalkey train station, just outside Dublin, with Carlow John and Which Way Paul Thought of the week How can Sea The Stars be rated by some as the same horse as the truly great Dancing Brave, when he has not yet won an Arc?