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Topic: SPORT

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: pommel

pummel

verb
     
pum‧mel past tense and past participle pummelled, present participle pummelling British English, past tense and past participle pummeled, present participle pummeling American English [transitive]
1 to hit someone or something many times quickly, especially using your fists (=closed hands) [= beat]:
Diane leaned over and pummeled the pillows.
pummel something with something
She flew at him, pummelling his chest with her fists.
pummel at
The cook pummelled at the dough.
The platoon was pummeled by heavy machine-gun fire.
2 informalDS to completely defeat someone at a sport
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