Definition of Tromp:
hammer, mess, blow away, bung up, perambulate, drub, rout, lick, lump, slog, annihilate, tramp, wallop, fib, trounce, skin, pummel, do, paddle, shamble, whomp, thresh, paste, curry, birch, pelt, stamp, smoke, clump, flatten, bomb, slate, rough, ramble, hide, scuffle, club, tan, stumble, shuffle, barge, buffet, slough, tread, pommel, snow under, stomp, saunter, lace, lather, stump, whop, bludgeon, belabor, flounder, smother, skunk, cream, clobber, batter, amble, lash, bury, trample, trudge, help, pound, thrash, belt, work over, whup, scuff, wax, whale, clomp, galumph, maul, switch, bat, lambaste, baste, move, dust, whip, stroll, shellac, champ, plod, trim, thump, punch out, flog, bash.
This was just before the memorable sea- fight between the duke and the Dutch admiral, Van Tromp, in which Joe took part, as he confessed, with great fear, which was not, you may be sure, decreased when one of the sailors, grimly preparing for the strife, said to him " Now, master play- actor, you're a- going to take part in one of the deepest and bloodiest tragedies you ever heard of."- "Curiosities of Impecuniosity", H. G. Somerville.
But when he learnt that these rejoicings were in honor of a great victory obtained by the combined English and French fleets over the brave De Ruyter and the younger Van Tromp, it went so much to his heart that he took to his bed, and in less than three days was brought to death's door by a violent cholera morbus!- "Knickerbocker's History of New York, Complete", Washington Irving.
- "The Lookout Man", B. M. Bower.