pum·​mel | \ ˈpə-məl \
pummeled also pummelled; pummeling also pummelling\ ˈpə-​mə-​liŋ , ˈpəm-​liŋ \

Definition of pummel

: pound, beat

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Examples of pummel in a Sentence

pummeled the mugger with her fists until help arrived

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High-growth stocks were pummeled during the market’s drop last month. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "Stocks gain after midterms as tech, health care, energy rise," 7 Nov. 2018 Argentina is said to be seeking $30 billion from the IMF to calm markets that have been pummeled by concern inflation is accelerating as government expenditures balloon. Andrew Mayeda, Bloomberg.com, "Argentina Seeks ‘Stand-By’ Agreement With IMF," 10 May 2018 The ban stemmed from fear that images of a white man being pummeled into submission by a black man would lead to further public violence. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Remove the stain of Jack Johnson's conviction from history: Phillip Morris," 25 Apr. 2018 The biggest threat early Friday was issued for Maui and Oahu, which is expected to be pummeled by heavy rains and wind. Fox News, "Hurricane Lane-a Category 3 storm-lashes Hawaii as it makes slow move off coast," 24 Aug. 2018 His goal seemed to be to pummel the Fishtown neighbors into submission. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "Will a new riverfront concert venue close the gap between Fishtown and the Delaware - or widen it?," 28 June 2018 In recent years, as the disruptions of the digital age continued to pummel the newspaper industry, Tronc made a number of awkward attempts to reshape The Los Angeles Times. Tim Arango, New York Times, "Los Angeles Times, Searching for Stability, Names Norman Pearlstine Top Editor," 18 June 2018 Millions of people lost their jobs, and with so many consumers cutting back on spending, retailers got pummeled. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 One match can have Pikachu pummeling Final Fantasy’s Cloud, while in another, Mario and Luigi team up to knock out Ryu and Ken from Street Fighter. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the complete package," 6 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of pummel

1548, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pummel

alteration of pommel

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English Language Learners Definition of pummel

: to repeatedly hit or punch (someone or something) very hard


pum·​mel | \ ˈpə-məl \
pummeled also pummelled; pummeling also pummelling

Kids Definition of pummel

1 : to hit repeatedly
2 : to defeat badly

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