pummel

verb
pum·​mel | \ ˈpə-məl How to pronounce pummel (audio) \
pummeled also pummelled; pummeling also pummelling\ ˈpə-​mə-​liŋ How to pronounce pummelling (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 Doctors are particularly pummeled by the tyranny of the in-basket. Danielle Ofri, STAT, "The EMR has changed the doctor-patient duet into a ménage-à-trois," 31 Oct. 2019 Wary of his son being pummeled at a young age, Michael Heicklen, who never played football, sent Brandon off to his first practices wrapped in the plastic bubble wrap used when transporting precious packages. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs’ Brandon Heicklen seems born to punt," 2 Oct. 2019 Low-lying nations will turn into aquariums and Caribbean countries will be pummeled and pelted by savage storms. Seth Shostak, Quartz, "Humanity will outlive climate change and nuclear war, no matter how bad it gets," 26 Sep. 2019 On Thursday, however, the region was pummeled with three separate weather systems, which prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Flash Flood Emergency warning for the entire region, according to Space City Weather. Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, "Ferocity of Thursday storms surprised many who 'let their guard down'," 19 Sep. 2019 But in his last four starts, the roly-poly lefty has been pummeled for 21 runs in 19 innings, spoiling what had been a Cy Young-worthy year to that point. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Seven NL West Titles Later, Can This Dodgers Team Finally Win It All?," 11 Sep. 2019 Stories of unlikely survival have slowly emerged in the days since Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas, pummeling the islands of Grand Bahama and Abaco for days before moving toward the Atlantic Seaboard. Rachel Knowles, New York Times, "In Bahamas, a Blind Father Wades to Safety, His Disabled Son on His Shoulders," 5 Sep. 2019 Hurricane Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that authorities urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: A challenger for Kim Foxx, the first day — ever — at Englewood STEM High School, and other things to know to start your day," 3 Sep. 2019 Dorian unleashed massive flooding across the Bahamas on Monday, pummeling the islands with so much wind and water that officials urged people to find floatation devices and grab hammers to break out of their attics if necessary. Edmund Demarche | Fox News, Fox News, "Hurricane Dorian downgraded to Category 3 storm, continues its assault on the Bahamas," 3 Sep. 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of pummel was in 1548

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pummel

verb
How to pronounce pummel (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pummel

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

pummel

verb
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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