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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The National Hurricane Center says 25 people died in North Carolina in 2016 from Hurricane Matthew, which spread inland after pummeling the South Carolina coast. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Be wary of these NC natural wonders this summer," 25 June 2018 President Trump’s penchant for pummeling allies while pampering adversaries was perversely apparent in the last few days. Trudy Rubin, Philly.com, "Trump pummels G-7 democratic allies but loves autocrats | Trudy Rubin," 8 June 2018 Between four and eight inches of rain could pummel Florida Panhandle, eastern and central Alabama, and western Georgia before the storm moves on. Jennifer Kay, chicagotribune.com, "Storm Alberto strikes Gulf Coast with dangerous surf, heavy rains," 28 May 2018 But off-camera, the 65-year-old who's become known for pummeling bad guys on the big screen is far more spiritually grounded. Drew Kann, CNN, "5 questions for Liam Neeson, the voice of CNN's 'Pope'," 5 Apr. 2018 The East Coast's version of the flu was much stronger than the one that finally pummeled the West Coast, according to researchers. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "How did the worldwide influenza epidemic 100 years ago impact Houston?," 15 Jan. 2018 In the fourth inning, White Sox outfielder Daniel Palka pummeled a 0-2 curveball that landed at the top of the batter’s eye in center field. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Yoan Moncada's 3-run triple drops the Cincinnati Reds in 12-inning slugfest," 3 July 2018 Signs that economic growth was picking up in Europe and other major economies pummeled the U.S. currency last year and in the first quarter. Ira Iosebashvili, WSJ, "Dollar Rally Ripples Globally, Leading Investors to Reverse Course," 1 July 2018 Padres fans watched the Braves completely pummel the home team, winning 14-1. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Woman catches foul ball in beer at Padres game, proceeds to chug the beer with the ball in it," 6 June 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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