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pummel

[puhm-uh l]
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verb (used with object), pum·meled, pum·mel·ing or (especially British) pum·melled, pum·mel·ling.
  1. to beat or thrash with or as if with the fists.
Also pommel.

Origin of pummel

First recorded in 1540–50; alteration of pommel
Related formsun·pum·meled, adjectiveun·pum·melled, adjective
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pummel

verb -mels, -melling or -melled or US -mels, -meling or -meled
  1. (tr) to strike repeatedly with or as if with the fistsAlso (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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