Definition of pounding in English:


Syllabification: pound·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈpoundiNG


1Repeated and heavy striking or hitting of someone or something: the pounding of the surf on a sandy beach
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  • As the storm passed through our area, these heavy winds took a pounding on the Atlantic coast.
  • But certainly the area south of the city today, we're told, taking a very heavy pounding indeed.
  • She remembered waking up with heavy pounding on the door.
1.1Rhythmical beating or throbbing: all she could hear was the pounding of her heart
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  • The pounding in his head kept in time with the worry over his son, preventing him from drifting off again.
  • He listened for breathing, but he could hear nothing over the pounding of his heart.
  • I could hear nothing but the pounding of my protesting heart.
1.2 informal A resounding defeat: the victory was badly needed after a 16-7 pounding at the hands of Brooklyn
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  • That induced some sick looks on West faces, and well might they have dreaded having to return to the frozen tundra of western Ayrshire for another pounding.


take (or get) a pounding

Be repeatedly hit or attacked: the town took a hell of pounding from the Luftwaffe figurative technology stocks took a pounding in last week’s sharp correction
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  • Russia's stock market has taken a pounding.
  • By your third or fourth at-bat, your hand has taken a pounding.
  • Most of the major buildings have taken a pounding.

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