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[peyv-muh nt]
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  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.
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  1. 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.
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Origin of pavement

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin pavīmentum. See pave, -ment
Related formspave·men·tal [peyv-men-tl] /peɪvˈmɛn tl/, adjectivepre·pave·ment, nounsub·pave·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pound the pavement


  1. a hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside and a little higher than a roadUS 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 roadSee limestone pavement
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Word Origin for pavement

C13: from Latin pavīmentum a hard floor, from pavīre to beat hard
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Word Origin and History for pound the pavement



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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Idioms and Phrases with pound the pavement

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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see pound the pavement.

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