Reluctantly I leave the shower and the pelting water, which does seem to give me a measure of composure.
The family said the man was picnicking; the Border Patrol said the victim was pelting the agent with rocks.
Instead of pelting me with liturgy, he dialed it back a bit.
Or one year before, a then 16-year-old Bieber narrowly avoided arrest after pelting a Maryland state trooper with a water balloon.
Several hundred people gathered near the Japanese embassy in Beijing, some pelting it with water bottles and eggs.
The other cab was pelting after him with all the enthusiasm of a hound on a fresh trail.
And from that cloud showered these hot, pelting pebbles of pumice stone.
This proved no gentle shower, but a fierce, robust, pelting flood.
And there she sat, pelting the two of them with green apples.'
In heavy, pelting rains a fine spray will come through on the windward side.
"to strike" (with something), c.1500, of unknown origin; perhaps from early 13c. pelten "to strike," variant of pilten "to thrust, strike," from an unrecorded Old English *pyltan, from Medieval Latin *pultiare, from Latin pultare "to beat, knock, strike." Or from Old French peloter "to strike with a ball," from pelote "ball" (see pellet (n.)) [Klein]. Watkins says the source is Latin pellere "to push, drive, strike." Related: Pelted; pelting.
"skin of a fur-bearing animal," early 15c., of uncertain origin, perhaps a contraction of pelet (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French pelete "fine skin, membrane," diminutive of pel "skin," from Latin pellis "skin, hide" (see film (n.)). Or perhaps the source of the English word is Anglo-French pelterie, Old French peletrie "fur skins," from Old French peletier "furrier," from pel.