Definition of pummel in English:


Line breaks: pum¦mel
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌm(ə)l

verb (pummels, pummelling, pummelled; US pummels, pummeling, pummeled)

[with object]
  • 1Strike repeatedly with the fists: he felt like a boxer who had been pummelled mercilessly against the ropes
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    • The door shuddered as thumping fists pummelled the wood.
    • Feeble fists started pummeling him, beating at his chest.
    • He slipped on a pair of weighted training mitts and started to belt and pummel the bag mercilessly.
  • 1.1North American informal Criticize severely: he has been pummelled by the reviewers
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    • And the critics are likely to pummel it mercilessly.
    • What I cannot believe is that the leader of the opposition did not adopt this as his main line of attack and pummel the President on this.
    • Like some unwanted child who no one loved, Boat Trip sank like a stone at the box office and took a pummeling at the hands of critics and audiences alike.


mid 16th century: variant of pommel.

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