[ peyv-muh nt ]
/ ˈpeɪv mənt /


a paved road, highway, etc.
a paved surface, ground covering, or floor.
a material used for paving.
Atlantic States and British. sidewalk.

Idioms for pavement

    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 of pavement

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


pave·men·tal [peyv-men-tl] /peɪvˈmɛn tl/, adjectivepre·pave·ment, nounsub·pave·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for pound the pavement

/ (ˈpeɪvmənt) /


a hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside and a little higher than a roadUS and Canadian word: sidewalk
a paved surface, esp one that is a thoroughfare
the material used in paving
civil engineering the hard layered structure that forms a road carriageway, airfield runway, vehicle park, or other paved areas
geology a level area of exposed rock resembling a paved roadSee limestone pavement

Word Origin for pavement

C13: from Latin pavīmentum a hard floor, from pavīre to beat hard
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Idioms and Phrases with pound the pavement (1 of 2)

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]

Idioms and Phrases with pound the pavement (2 of 2)


see pound the pavement.

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