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flounce (third-person singular simple present flounces, present participle flouncing, simple past and past participle flounced)

  1. To move in an exaggerated, bouncy manner.
  2. (archaic) To flounder; to make spastic motions.
    • Barrow
      To flutter and flounce will do nothing but batter and bruise us.
    • Addison
      With his broad fins and forky tail he laves / The rising surge, and flounces in the waves.
  3. To decorate with a flounce.
  4. To leave a group dramatically, in a way that draws attention to oneself.
    After failing to win the leadership election, he flounced dramatically.
    • 2002 September 9, PButler111, “Re: OT - Sept. 11th?”, alt.fan.barry-manilow, Usenet:
      You got your ass kicked and instead of admitting you might have made a mistake, you flounced.
    • 2012 August 7, Gaby Hinsliff, “The lessons of Louise Mensch's departure? There are none”, The Guardian:
      But love Mensch or hate her, don't buy the line that she merely got bored and flounced: for whatever else she achieved in politics, she was never exactly stuck for ways to make it interesting.



flounce (plural flounces)

  1. (sewing) A strip of decorative material, usually pleated, attached along one edge; a ruffle.
  2. The act of flouncing.

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