poundpound2 ●○○ verb 1 hit [intransitive, transitive]HIT to hit something very hard several times and make a lot of noise, damage it, break it into smaller pieces etc He began pounding the keyboard of his computer.pound against/on Thomas pounded on the door with his fist. Waves pounded against the pier.pound something against/on something Green pounded his fist on the counter.► see thesaurus at hit2 heart [intransitive]HBH if your heart or blood is pounding, your heart is beating very hard and quicklypound with Patrick rushed to the door, his heart pounding with excitement. She ran, her heart pounding in her chest.3 head [intransitive] if your head is pounding, it feels painful, especially because you have a headache or you have been using a lot of effort4 move [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]RUN to walk or run quickly with heavy loud stepspound along/through/down etc I could hear him pounding up the stairs. a policeman pounding his beat Runners will be pounding the pavement this weekend during the London Marathon.5 attack with bombs [transitive]PMWATTACK to attack a place continuously for a long time with bombs Enemy forces have been pounding the city for over two months. → pound something ↔ out→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuspound• He pounded along the street and round two corners, losing his way.• Her heart was pounding, and she felt sick.• Jessica felt her heart pounding but forced herself to remain calm.• Here the loose earth had been pounded flat by thousands of feet.• Before this defeat, their lowest point was a 25-10 pounding from San Diego on Oct. 5.• A sweeping attack peaked when Greenwood played a one-two with Healey before pounding in for his hat-trick.• He pounded some garlic and ginger and put it in the pan.• Army cannons continued to pound the city from the hillsides.pound against/on• Bill jumped up, pounding on his desk in anger.• As the music pounded on, I pulled Emily this way and that across the baked earth.• The Government have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on imaginative advertising for selling off the country's nationalised industries.• He gasped, he wailed, he threw himself against the bottom of the door and pounded on it.• She pounded on the door, shouted at the top of her voice, and yelled threats at Julius.• He is on the porch already, pounding on the door.• He pounded on the storm door, and waited.pound along/through/down etc• Last week the Prime Minister made it clear there would be no attempt to massage the pound down.• Clinton said as rain pounded down at the air base, where he landed.• Then they set off at a run, Jim and Louise leading the way, Jube pounding along behind them.• He pounded down in me a few dozen times, quickly.• The sweat of moving packs of eighty pounds through the crush of bewildered, nervous men.• He and Kemp pound down the stairway, exchanging words.• He pounded along the street and round two corners, losing his way.• Getting the pound down was what Labour governments did with metronomic regularity.