Definition of pummel in English:

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pummel

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
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Mid 16th century: variant of pommel.

Words that rhyme with pummel

Brummell, pommel

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: pum¦mel

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