noun a paved road, highway, etc. a paved surface, ground covering, or floor. Idioms 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
-ment Related forms pave·men·tal , [peyv- men-tl] /peɪvˈmɛn tl/ adjective pre·pave·ment, noun sub·pave·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pound the pavement noun a hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside and a little higher than a road US 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 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 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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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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