flounce

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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.

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Noun[edit]

flounce (plural flounces)

  1. (sewing) A strip of decorative material, usually pleated, attached along one edge; a ruffle.W
    • 1977, Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, Part II, chapter4:
      Mind you, clothes were clothes in those days. […]  Frills, ruffles, flounces, lace, complicated seams and gores: not only did they sweep the ground and have to be held up in one hand elegantly as you walked along, but they had little capes or coats or feather boas.
  2. The act of flouncing.

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