pound the pavement


a paved road, highway, etc.
a paved surface, ground covering, or floor.
a material used for paving.
Atlantic States and British, sidewalk.
pound the pavement, Informal. to walk the streets in order to accomplish something: If you're going to find work you'd better start pounding the pavement.

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin pavīmentum. See pave, -ment

pavemental [peyv-men-tl] , adjective
prepavement, noun
subpavement, noun
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pavement (ˈpeɪvmənt)
1.  US and Canadian word: sidewalk a hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside and a little higher than a road
2.  a paved surface, esp one that is a thoroughfare
3.  the material used in paving
4.  civil engineering the hard layered structure that forms a road carriageway, airfield runway, vehicle park, or other paved areas
5.  geology See limestone pavement a level area of exposed rock resembling a paved road
[C13: from Latin pavīmentum a hard floor, from pavīre to beat hard]

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. paviment, from L. pavimentum "beaten floor," from pavire (see pave).
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Bible Dictionary

Pavement definition

It was the custom of the Roman governors to erect their tribunals in open places, as the market-place, the circus, or even the highway. Pilate caused his seat of judgment to be set down in a place called "the Pavement" (John 19:13) i.e., a place paved with a mosaic of coloured stones. It was probably a place thus prepared in front of the "judgment hall." (See GABBATHA.)

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Idioms & Phrases

pound the pavement

Walk the streets, especially in search of employment. For example, He was fired last year and he's been pounding the pavement ever since. A similar usage is pound a beat, meaning "to walk a particular route over and over"; it is nearly always applied to a police officer. [Early 1900s]

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