Football Language: Trounce
The verb ‘to trounce‘ means to punish or heavily defeat another team – to give them a hiding or a thrashing are two other synonyms. A trouncing, the noun form, is not as common but also means a thrashing and is used when a team scores lots of goals against an opponent – some people might think that a trouncing is worse than a thrashing because it might suggest more goals have been scored. On Friday evening Leicester City trounced Southampton 9-0 to set a new record for the biggest away victory in Premier League history. The Foxes were ruthless as they put the Saints (Southampton) to the sword, scoring five times in the first half and another four in the second – we can also say that Leicester ran away with the game early on.
- Example: Tottenham’s Pochettino calls for calm after 7-2 trouncing by Bayern Munich (Belfast Telegraph, October 1st 2019).
- Example: Southampton were trounced 9-0 by Leicester in the Premier League.
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