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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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Definitions of pummel from WordNet

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