Main definitions of pelt in English

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pelt1

verb

  • 1with object Hurl missiles repeatedly at.

    ‘two boys pelted him with rotten apples’
    • ‘At the protest, about 10 officers were surrounded by demonstrators as they tried to make an arrest, and were pelted with clods of earth torn from flower beds in a park and a wire garbage bin.’
    • ‘In some cities firemen have been pelted with rocks and even attacked with fireworks.’
    • ‘The officers were being pelted with missiles and were in serious danger.’
    • ‘Drunken youths had also pelted a 50-year-old woman's roof with empty beer bottles after she told them to be quiet last year.’
    • ‘He'd been left out of the reindeer games for so long, and now here Dad was, pelting him with missiles.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I was pelted with hail as I ran for my car after a hardcore session in the library, so I'm in no mood to ponder the wonders of nature.’
    • ‘In an explosion that left me temporarily deaf, the cannon stopped pelting us with energy and began hailing us with pieces of its debris instead.’
    • ‘The people in the audience, who usually spend halftime ignoring us or pelting us with peanuts, were hushed as they tried to figure out what we were writing.’
    • ‘The next time we performed these kids were pelting us with packets of cookies.’
    • ‘Hundreds of police officers took to the streets to tackle the baying mob, only to be pelted by petrol bombs and missiles.’
    • ‘In other attacks homes have been pelted with pork products and bacon hung on doors.’
    • ‘I suppose the look would be epitomised by the finalist who emerges from a particularly disastrous exam to be pelted with eggs and glitter by an over-zealous congratulatory crowd.’
    • ‘‘There have been a few occasions now when buses have been pelted with missiles and windows have been smashed,’ he said.’
    • ‘Her friend kept pelting her with balled-up bits of paper to try and wake her up, but it wasn't happening.’
    • ‘And earlier this year, a lollipop lady nearly quit her job after being pelted with a drinks can, water balloons and a stick by students from the school.’
    • ‘The Freeport bus has been pelted with stones and missiles hurled from the road and even shot at with an air gun, shattering a window.’
    • ‘I screamed back, taking the chance when he had his belly exposed to pelt him with cannon fire.’
    • ‘Now before the farmers start pelting me with corn awareness pamphlets, let me say that there's probably nothing wrong with corn syrup sweeteners per se.’
    • ‘It was almost like being pelted with rocks repeatedly.’
    • ‘The Italians, including some of the world's wealthiest players, were pelted with tomatoes when they sneaked back home on a midnight flight.’
    bombard, shower, attack, assail, batter, pepper, strafe, rake, sweep, enfilade, blitz
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    1. 1.1 Hurl (something) at someone or something.
      ‘she spotted four boys pelting stones at ducks’
      • ‘People staying in the house of glass are not expected to pelt stones at others' houses.’
      • ‘From some fifty feet away, the original storyteller said he had pelted several stones at the presumably expired alien thing.’
      • ‘If you're going to pelt rocks at somebody for this then you're an absolute moron.’
      • ‘Many stones were pelted at my car as I waited to negotiate the roundabout.’
      • ‘He is reported to have pelted two stones at his relative, who retaliated by stabbing him.’
    2. 1.2pelt downno object (of rain, hail, or snow) fall quickly and very heavily.
      ‘the rain was pelting down’
      • ‘As rain pelts down onto the windshield, Tommy drives slowly towards their destination.’
      • ‘The rain pelted down and pelted down and the raindrops smeared my glasses so I could barely see.’
      • ‘I can hear the sirens as the rain still pelts down.’
      • ‘Rain pelted down on the roof like cascading pebbles.’
      • ‘The climb would be difficult as the rain was pelting down constantly.’
      • ‘It was grey and miserable, the rain pelted down in sheets making it nearly impossible to see.’
      • ‘Rain was pelting down and small puffs of steam were visible from everyone's mouth.’
      • ‘Then the rain came pelting down sending everyone running for the nearest bus shelter or shop doorway.’
      • ‘Later in the night as I dropped off to sleep, I could hear more rain pelting down on the verandah, and I grumbled to myself about the washing that had been on the line since Wednesday.’
      • ‘As the rain pelted down, two security guards together with the chauffeur struggled to manipulate the gate's intricate alarm system which was on shutdown.’
      pour, teem, stream
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  • 2informal no object, with adverbial of direction Run somewhere very quickly.

    ‘I pelted across the road’
    • ‘Suddenly Zach came pelting through the hallway, shoving people out of the way until he accidentally ran into me, bowling me over.’
    • ‘It was only for a brief second - a fleeting, rather sweaty contact as the teeny Canadian rocker pelted past my seat and down a tunnel of security men - but it was still a strangely magical moment.’
    • ‘He ripped off his shoes, shoving them in his belt, then pelted forward, knocking startled onlookers aside.’
    • ‘She suddenly came pelting in, colliding with her.’
    • ‘He changed directions at an immense speed, and pelted off into the jungle, tearing through the undergrowth for his life.’
    • ‘He placed it on the floor, opened up a package containing assorted jingle balls, rolled one across the floor, and grinned as the little ball of energy went pelting after in hot pursuit.’
    • ‘We pelted for the door, mad-crazed with fear and hunger.’
    • ‘My father raced past me, and I followed, pelting up the dock to where my mother had dived into the river.’
    • ‘That insane bellow, practically in my ear, sent every naked, raw nerve ending in my body pelting for cover.’
    • ‘Tripping and stumbling in her haste, she raced up the stairs and pelted for her room at the end of the hall.’
    run, race, leap, sprint, dash, rush, speed, streak, shoot, whizz, whoosh, buzz, zoom, flash, blast, charge, stampede, chase, career, bustle, hare, fly, wing, kite, skite, dive, jump, skip, scurry, scud, scutter, scramble, hurry, hasten
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noun

archaic
  • An act of hurling something at someone.

Phrases

  • (at) full pelt

    • As fast as possible.

      ‘I ran downstairs at full pelt’
      • ‘With the game having received successive shots in the arm, we were all set for an intriguing climax and the sight of both teams going full pelt for glory.’
      • ‘Suddenly, 150 very excited, giggly people were charging back towards us at full pelt.’
      • ‘But as he ran full pelt into his brave new world, he barely left a scratch much less a dent.’
      • ‘The only motions they are likely to make are forward - at full pelt.’
      • ‘Think about it, in the summer when your garden is at full pelt, there isn't much to do besides the odd bit of dead heading and weeding.’
      • ‘An hour later, wondering whether she had perhaps done the wrong thing and missed out on some fun, she had run full pelt through the kitchen towards the door that led to the garden.’
      • ‘Out on the pitch, the sprinklers are at full pelt.’
      • ‘When she turned round he had gone, and the frightened girl ran home full pelt, but to this day she remembers that stranger's words of comfort.’
      • ‘The dogs come belting down the hill at full pelt, barely stopping to take a fence which they fly over, huge ears flapping, a furious black and tan blur of paws and tails.’
      • ‘Today, immediately after my greeting, three of them skittered to their feet and ran full pelt on the water alongside me until they took off and soared above.’

Origin

Late 15th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

pelt

/pɛlt/

Main definitions of pelt in English

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pelt2

noun

  • 1The skin of an animal with the fur, wool, or hair still on it.

    ‘traders brought reindeer pelts’
    • ‘Jay had been working as a furrier in Glasgow but he contracted a skin disease off the pelts.’
    • ‘Animal pelts have probably been exchanged in North America since the beginning of human habitation, but large-scale fur trade began only after the arrival of Europeans.’
    • ‘Wampum was prized by the Indians and used by the Europeans as currency in exchange for beaver pelts.’
    • ‘Today, they are raised as pets, for meat, pelts and wool, and for medical research.’
    • ‘He earned just enough for supplies by trapping animals and selling their pelts.’
    • ‘The first exploration of Canada's interior was for the purpose of finding beaver pelts to satisfy the obsession with fur coats by the European elite.’
    • ‘One night, some guests spent the night there, sleeping on reindeer pelts.’
    • ‘It had fresco brick wall sides peaking upward as if inside a tent, there were tanned pelts of animal skins as tapestries on the wall.’
    • ‘Giant pandas are also poached - killed illegally - as their pelt carries a high price in the black market.’
    • ‘In her brown hide robes she looked almost like a pile of animal pelts left heaped in the center of the room, but the sporadic rise and fall of her chest proved otherwise.’
    • ‘In the slap of waves against the rocky shore one can imagine hearing phantom brigades moving across the lakes, paddling in close line astern, their canoes piled high with beaver pelts destined for Bond Street and the rue de Rivoli.’
    • ‘It can be made from a variety of pelts and hides including leather, sealskin, mink, racoon, rabbit or pigskin in hundreds of different styles.’
    • ‘I humbly suggest that the overall figure for full and part-time workers is around 85 people and that the majority of these are seasonal workers employed for a week or two at most to kill the animals and harvest their pelts.’
    • ‘But humans also were smart enough to develop the ability to kill furry animals and use their pelts for clothing to be warmer.’
    • ‘White paint-chalk symbols were drawn over his animalistic pelt.’
    • ‘Normally, the glossier, smoother pelts from female bears are used for officers' bearskins, while other ranks are given hats made from the rougher pelt of the male animals.’
    • ‘Courteous traders offered skins and pelts, robes and carpets.’
    • ‘In fact, anti-fur types be warned: animal pelts line all the beds (lending the rooms a subtle wet-doggy odour) as well as the movie theatre seats and bar alcoves.’
    • ‘When the first European settlers docked their ships here they weren't only enticed by beaver pelts.’
    • ‘His cousins Paul and Tom, sons of his uncle Tom, ran a tannery plant, which closed in recent years, although it is believed that the brothers still deal in hides, skins, pelts and leathers.’
    skin, hide, fleece, coat, fur, fell
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    1. 1.1 An animal's coat of fur or hair.
      ‘the alsatians, their thick pelts soaked, sniffed round the trees’
      • ‘Wearing a beautiful coat made of seal pelt comes as naturally as wearing clothes made from cow hide.’
      • ‘He grew into a strong, timber wolf with a thick, healthy gray pelt with brown patches on his muzzle, ears and tail tip.’
      • ‘At the base, there stood a black horse with a thick shaggy pelt and another dark grey one.’
      • ‘Bengals, because they have pelts and not coats like domestic cats, shed very little, and cause less allergic reactions.’
      • ‘Denizens of coastal waters in the Pacific, sea otters were pursued for centuries for their thick, soft pelts.’
      • ‘Extremely poor prices for nutria pelts have resulted in very little trapping activity.’
      • ‘The sun shone off his black pelt, and his silver mane glittered.’
      • ‘Threadbare patches in her fur and mane shone dull against the her tawny pelt.’
      • ‘Before hitting our first night's camp, we visit a man training a magnificent eagle to hunt foxes, whose pelts are highly prized by Russians for coats and hats.’
      • ‘Their pelts can be made into fine bags, coats and hats; their fats have medicinal value.’
    2. 1.2 The raw skin of a sheep or goat, stripped and ready for tanning.
      • ‘After the hair and fat had been removed, the tanner had to prevent the pelt from stiffening or rotting in one of several ways, as up to this point, it is white and very slimy and should be referred to as raw-hide.’
      • ‘Barely up to my shoulder, pale tan pelt, strips of white leather hanging in loops from her hips, rust-red curlicues dyed in the fur of her chest.’
      • ‘Opposite the fireplace, a bulky dark wood bed was draped in dark blue velvet covers and snowy white fur pelts, its sheets thrust to one side.’
      • ‘The defendants used a solvent in degreasing pelts at their tannery, which was located 1.3 miles from the plaintiffs borehole from which water was extracted for domestic use.’
    3. 1.3informal A person's hair.
      ‘I kissed Gillie briefly on the cheek, and ruffled the pelt of Stuart’
      • ‘The attractiveness of this man made me think of him, with his similarly shaved dark-brown crown and shadow beard and nappy pelt of chest hair, and I started to grow angry again.’

Phrases

  • in one's pelt

    • informal Naked.

      ‘they came across Henn, standing in his pelt by the river’
      • ‘I'm in my pelt.’
      • ‘So I wandered around the house in my pelt [no photos - you'll have to use your imagination].’

Origin

Middle English: either from obsolete pellet ‘skin’, from an Old French diminutive of pel ‘skin’, from Latin pellis ‘skin’, or a back-formation from peltry.

Pronunciation

pelt

/pɛlt/