pum·​mel | \ ˈpə-məl How to pronounce pummel (audio) \
pummeled also pummelled; pummeling also pummelling\ ˈpə-​mə-​liŋ How to pronounce pummel (audio) , ˈpəm-​liŋ \

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Examples of pummel in a Sentence

pummeled the mugger with her fists until help arrived
Recent Examples on the Web Of Ahmed’s 23 carries in his return from a three-game absence due to a shoulder injury, 11 of them were longer than 5 yards, including plays of 31, 13 and 10 yards to help the Dolphins pummel the Patriots. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins rookie Salvon Ahmed has standout day, propelling team’s rushing attack vs. Patriots," 20 Dec. 2020 But there's still plenty of handwork involved, such as the men who pummel each quilt with their palms on a flat tabletop to make sure the down is distributed evenly. John Reinan, Star Tribune, "Enlightened Equipment of Winona is a heavyweight player in lightweight outdoor gear," 14 Nov. 2020 The new order — which will further pummel the California economy and many small businesses — comes as the state’s coronavirus crisis spirals out of control with a speed that has exceeded health officials’ most dire projections. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Essential California: New rules and staggering case numbers," 7 Dec. 2020 Jailhouse security video captured Evans turn off his body camera and pummel a mentally ill inmate strapped into a restraint chair. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Where the remaining cases in the Cuyahoga County corruption and jail investigations stand," 29 Nov. 2020 The boy was identified as one of two people who used a bat to pummel Earl Miller, 74, and then set his body on fire around 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the 200 block of West 103rd Street in the Fernwood neighborhood. Rosemary Sobol, chicagotribune.com, "Boy, 15, accused of beating 74-year-old man with baseball bat and setting his body on fire," 3 Dec. 2020 Stories like these are repeated year after year as storms pummel Houston, including in 2017 during Hurricane Harvey. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "Opinion: Texas renters deserve to know if their home has flooded," 3 Dec. 2020 Stavick, who lives in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough town of Houston, is one of the roughly 40,000 unemployed Alaskans who Congress has left in limbo while the intensifying COVID-19 pandemic continues to pummel the economy. Author: Nat Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "As pandemic worsens, 40,000 Alaskans endure an ‘inexcusable’ wait for relief," 2 Dec. 2020 Facebook released the data on Thursday as lawmakers from both parties pummel it over its handling of the election. Fortune, "Facebook reveals that massive amounts of misinformation flooded its service during the election," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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30 Dec 2020

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“Pummel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pummel. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pummel

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


pum·​mel | \ ˈpə-məl How to pronounce pummel (audio) \
pummeled also pummelled; pummeling also pummelling

Kids Definition of pummel

1 : to hit repeatedly
2 : to defeat badly

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