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Definition to hit repeatedly — usually with fists


to damage seriously


to defeat decisively
  • The strikers plan to pummel anyone who tries to cross their picket line.
pummel = to hit repeatedly
  • The storm pummeled our shutters.
  • Our basketball team pummeled theirs 120 to 64.
  • Hubbard was pummeling his ribs now,
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • pummeling = to hit repeatedly — usually with fists
  • 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
  • pummel = hit repeatedly
  • 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
  • pummeled = repeatedly hit
  • She'd been getting pummeled in the press.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • 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
  • She saw Boyle, his face a mask of vengeance, pummeling his fists into Cabhan's face.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • I was his pummeling bag now, and there was nothing I could do about it.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • Kate's ears were boxed, her hair pulled, her cheeks pummeled with Jillson's boltlike knuckles.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Tyson untangled himself from the giant whom he'd pummeled into unconsciousness.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Pummeled: Getting tossed around by a breaking wave
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • The pummeling of the storm came in waves, almost drowning out the noise of the orchestra.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • It felt like a fist was pummeling Aria's stomach.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • 'Who or what has been pummelling the boy?'
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans do not repeat the "L" prior to adding the "ING".)
  • 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
  • They smash against walls and bedframes, relentlessly pummeling each other.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Like Tanis, they would be pummeled by the bloodthirsty beasts.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil

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