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.]
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