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pavement

[peyv-muh nt] /ˈpeɪv mənt/
noun
1.
a paved road, highway, etc.
2.
a paved surface, ground covering, or floor.
3.
a material used for paving.
4.
Atlantic States and British, sidewalk.
Idioms
5.
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.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin pavīmentum. See pave, -ment
Related forms
pavemental
[peyv-men-tl] /peɪvˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
prepavement, noun
subpavement, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pound the pavement

pavement

/ˈpeɪvmənt/
noun
1.
a hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside and a little higher than a road US and Canadian word sidewalk
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) a level area of exposed rock resembling a paved road See limestone pavement
Word Origin
C13: from Latin pavīmentum a hard floor, from pavīre to beat hard
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Word Origin and History for pound the pavement

pavement

n.

mid-13c., from Old French pavement "roadway, pathway; paving stone" (12c.) and directly from Latin pavimentum "hard floor, level surface beaten firm," from pavire (see pave).

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Slang definitions & phrases for pound the pavement

pound the pavement

verb phrase
  1. To walk a police beat
  2. To trudge about the streets, esp looking for work: the liberal arts graduates pounding the Park Avenue pavements (1940s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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pound the pavement in the Bible

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.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with 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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