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Topic: NATURE

Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Origin unknown

pelt

1 verb
     
pelt1
1 [transitive] to attack someone by throwing a lot of things at them
pelt somebody with something
The marchers were pelted with rocks and bottles.
2DN [intransitive and transitive] to be raining very heavily [↪ pour]:
Rain pelted the windows.
the cold wind and pelting rain
3 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] informal to run somewhere very fast:
Three huge dogs came pelting into the street.
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