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 The mid-sized businesses that non-banks typically lend to have been pummeled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Kelsey Butler, Bloomberg.com, "Private Credit Market to See M&A as Virus Forces Consolidation," 23 May 2020 The long struggling department store JCPenney filed for bankruptcy on Friday, becoming the third major retailer following J.Crew and Neiman Marcus to restructure its debt as the coronavirus continues to pummel the retail industry. NBC News, "JCPenney files for bankruptcy as the coronavirus hammers retail," 15 May 2020 As the coronavirus lockdown continues to pummel business, as many as 11.4% of King County dining and retail properties could be vacant by 2022, according to Moody’s. oregonlive, "Starbucks requires rent concessions from landlords during coronavirus pandemic," 14 May 2020 As the coronavirus lockdown continues to pummel business, as many as 11.4% of King County dining and retail properties could be vacant by 2022, according to Moody's. Anchorage Daily News, "Starbucks demands landlords lower its rent for the next year, citing ‘staggering economic crisis’," 14 May 2020 The invention comes at a time when the global pandemic has begun to pummel parts of Africa, infecting over 53,000 people. Zaina Adamu, CNN, "A solar-powered hand-washing basin encourages personal hygiene in Ghana amidst coronavirus," 9 May 2020 Veterans homes in New Jersey and New York are struggling to contain growing coronavirus outbreaks as the disease continues to pummel facilities for older residents across the nation. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "Coronavirus Batters Veterans Homes in New Jersey and New York," 2 May 2020 YouTube is filled with reels of the 18-year-old detonating on overmatched high schoolers, dropping out of the sky to pummel shots into the stands and weaving through traffic to score as if defenders were training cones. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Landing Vandegrift star Greg Brown III could alter course of Texas basketball," 10 Apr. 2020 Tifa uses her fists to pummel enemies, builds her ATB meter faster than others, and clears distances fast. Matthew Gault, Time, "Final Fantasy VII Remake," 9 Apr. 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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The first known use of pummel was in 1548

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28 May 2020

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“Pummel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pummel. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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