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pummel (v.)

"to beat or strike repeatedly, especially with the fist," 1540s, alteration of pommel (q.v.) in a verbal sense of "to beat repeatedly" with or as with a pommel or something thick and bulky. In early use pumble, poumle; current spelling prevails from c. 1600. Originally often used alliteratively with pate (n.1) "head" as its object. Related: Pummeled; pummeling.

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Definitions of pummel from WordNet

pummel (v.)
strike, usually with the fist;
The pedestrians pummeled the demonstrators
Synonyms: pommel / biff
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