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The strikers plan to pummel anyone who tries to cross their picket line.
  to hit repeatedly — usually with fists

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to damage seriously

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to defeat decisively
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  • The strikers plan to pummel anyone who tries to cross their picket line.
  • The storm pummeled our shutters.
  • Our basketball team pummeled theirs 120 to 64.
  • They close in, grab him, pummel him, as a Shark on top of the wall is stationed as lookout.
    Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim  --  Westside Story

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  • Hubbard was pummeling his ribs now,
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • kids slid in great struggling bunches on their backs across the ice, yelled threats and curses at each other, shrieked like demons, pummeled each other with huge handfuls of frozen snow.
    David Almond  --  Kit’s Wilderness
  • It had never fully occurred to Jean Louise that she was a girl: her life had been one of reckless, pummeling activity; fighting, football, climbing, keeping up with Jem, and besting anyone her own age in any contest requiring physical prowess.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • I think of the first time I looked into those eyes, as a freezing six-year-old getting pummeled in the culling pen.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • A blinding arc of lightning went right over their heads, pummeled the earth behind them; Thomas didn’t look, kept moving.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • They smash against walls and bedframes, relentlessly pummeling each other.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • The sun flares pummeled the earth.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • She’d been getting pummeled in the press.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • While the rain pummeled the roof, the whole world went silent.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • I thought that it would be an immediate invitation to be pummeled by a bunch of jealous meatheads, but it turns out, most of them see me as an asset.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • Many of the attackers were actually pummeling each other—he saw a woman fall into the fire, her screams filling the air.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • I start to play and my fingers nimble up and I get off the stool and bang and crank against my guitar, pummel it until it screeches and screams just the way I want it to.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • No, first you have to pummel it and stomp on it and crush it in your hands until the tissue oozes from between your fingers like Play-Doh.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • San Francisco got pummeled along with a lot of other cities.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • The pummeling of the storm came in waves, almost drowning out the noise of the orchestra.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • A group of boys pulled him down from the table and started pummeling him.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Kate’s ears were boxed, her hair pulled, her cheeks pummeled with Jillson’s boltlike knuckles.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • He just grabbed him, swung him around his head once, twice, smashed his skull against the nearest boulder, pounded him, pummeled him, gave him a final squeeze for good measure and tossed the remains of what once had been alive into a nearby crevice.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Pummeled me in places where the bruises wouldn’t show.
    Gary D. Schmidt  --  Okay for Now
  • Victor jumped on Arthur and started pummeling him furiously, landing roundhouse blows to his head so fast that his arms were a blur, like the nylon strings on a Weed Whacker.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • Pummeled: Getting tossed around by a breaking wave
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • His mouth is closing in on mine, and the way his voice has dropped into some sort of lyrical, godlike octave makes my heart pummel within my chest.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Through a curtain of smoke across the harbor, Danny could see the planes pummeling the battleships, flying low, firing their guns, and then circling back for another attack.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941
  • She saw Boyle, his face a mask of vengeance, pummeling his fists into Cabhan’s face.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • The men pummel him for what seems like ten minutes.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • Cole moaned as a violent gust of wind pummeled his body.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • He tried buying their mercy with his lunch, but they pummeled him anyway, leaving him bloody.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It felt like a fist was pummeling Aria’s stomach.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • I can’t make it past him out the door unless I pummel him, and the man has an axe.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • The Gray Sisters screeched and pummeled each other and cried out for their eye.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • Its trunk was bent almost double, and its gnarled boughs were pummeling every inch of the car it could reach.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • I felt as if I were being pummelled by a great fist.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Eddie straddled the Captain’s chest, pummeling him with blows to the face.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • And then he was on Laila, pummeling her chest, her head, her belly with fists, tearing at her hair, throwing her to the wall.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • The night the helicopters came in, the vibrations pummeled us out of our beds.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Watching those guys pummel each other so no one would suspect them of being weak was too much for me.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • The girl found herself pummeled to within inches of her life.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He was pummeled spinning to the edge of the ditch and sent slithering down on his head and shoulders.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • With a fierce war cry he leapt after Murtagh, closing his eyes a second before the cold water pummeled him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Tyson untangled himself from the giant whom he’d pummeled into unconsciousness.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • He attempted to pummel me, but his staff was useless at close range.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Her whole body ached from the pummeling it had taken.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • I will never forget how Assef’s blue eyes glinted with a light not entirely sane and how he grinned, how he grinned, as he pummeled that poor kid unconscious.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • And he went through the motions of thrashing an imaginary boy —pummelling the air, and kicking and gouging.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • One was being pummeled by a half-dozen bottles of sparkling water.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • First you want to pull your opponent in, then pummel him with every one of your strike points until he or she collapses.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
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