The place looked pretty bleak in the pelting snow and final minutes of wintry gray light.
Reluctantly I leave the shower and the pelting water, which does seem to give me a measure of composure.
Several hundred people gathered near the Japanese embassy in Beijing, some pelting it with water bottles and eggs.
The family said the man was picnicking; the Border Patrol said the victim was pelting the agent with rocks.
Or one year before, a then 16-year-old Bieber narrowly avoided arrest after pelting a Maryland state trooper with a water balloon.
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.