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tr.v. pum·meled, pum·mel·ing, pum·mels also pum·melled or pum·mel·ling
1. To beat or batter, as with the fists: The angry crowd pummeled the thief. See Synonyms at beat.
2. To cause to undergo harm or loss: news that pummeled the stock market.
3. To attack or harry verbally: was pummeled with criticism.
[Alteration of pommel.]
1. the action of striking repeatedly with or as with the fists
2. the action or an act of massaging vigorously with the hands
3. the action or an act of causing a great deal of damage to a place or thing
4. criticism or condemnation
5. the action or an act of utterly defeating a competitor or opponent