Definition of


  1. (verb, communication) censure severely or angrily
    The deputy ragged the Prime Minister
    The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup
  2. (verb, competition) come out better in a competition, race, or conflict
    We beat the competition
    Harvard defeated Yale in the last football game
  3. (verb, contact) beat severely with a whip or rod
    The children were severely trounced

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Trounce

  1. 1551, "to trouble, afflict, harass," later "to beat, thrash" (1568), of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to M.Fr. troncer "to cut, cut off a piece from," from tronce "piece of timber," from O.Fr. tronc (see trunk). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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