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pummel

[puhm-uh l] /ˈpʌm əl/
verb (used with object), pummeled, pummeling or (especially British) pummelled, pummelling.
1.
to beat or thrash with or as if with the fists.
Also, pommel.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; alteration of pommel
Related forms
unpummeled, adjective
unpummelled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pummeling

pummel

/ˈpʌməl/
verb -mels, -melling, -melled (US) -mels, -meling, -meled
1.
(transitive) to strike repeatedly with or as if with the fists Also (less commonly) pommel
Word Origin
C16: see pommel
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Word Origin and History for pummeling

pummel

v.

1540s, alteration of pommel in the verbal sense of "to beat repeatedly." In early use pumble, poumle; current spelling from c.1600. Related: Pummeled; pummeling.

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