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Topic: WEAPONS

Language: Old English
Origin: punian

pound

2 verb
     
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1

hit

[intransitive and transitive] 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.
2

heart

[intransitive] if your heart or blood is pounding, your heart is beating very hard and quickly
pound with
Patrick rushed to the door, his heart pounding with excitement.
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 effort
4

move

[intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive] to walk or run quickly with heavy loud steps
pound 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]PMW 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

phrasal verb
to play music loudly:
The Rolling Stones were pounding out one of their old numbers.
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