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- Rhymes: -aʊns
- To move in an exaggerated, bouncy manner.
- (archaic) To flounder; to make spastic motions.
- To flutter and flounce will do nothing but batter and bruise us.
- With his broad fins and forky tail he laves / The rising surge, and flounces in the waves.
- To decorate with a flounce.
- 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.
to move in exaggerated manner
to make spastic motions — see flounder
to decorate with flounce
flounce (plural flounces)
- (sewing) A strip of decorative material, usually pleated, attached along one edge; a ruffle.
- The act of flouncing.
strip of decorative material along an edge