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pounding

noun
     
pound‧ing
1 [singular,uncountable] the action or the sound of something hitting a surface very hard many times
pounding of
the pounding of the waves on the rocks below
2 [singular,uncountable] the action or sound of your heart beating
3

take a pounding

a) to be completely defeated:
Manchester United took a real pounding.
b) PMW to be hit or attacked many times and often badly damaged:
The ship had taken a pounding on the rocks.

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