One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be repeatedly hit or attacked.‘the town took a hell of a pounding from the Luftwaffe’figurative ‘shares took a pounding this month’
- ‘Russia's stock market has taken a pounding.’
- ‘He turns 32 next month, and his body has taken a pounding because of his physical running style.’
- ‘Instead of commenting on the issue, his image took a pounding and he was eventually looked at as a religious freak following a cult.’
- ‘The Northeast is where we start, because the Northeast is taking a pounding from that late winter storm.’
- ‘As the storm passed through our area, these heavy winds took a pounding on the Atlantic coast.’
- ‘Bombs fall on the long and rugged northern front, while targets in and around the city of Mosul continue to take a pounding.’
- ‘By your third or fourth at-bat, your hand has taken a pounding.’
- ‘The floorboards in the hall must be taking a pounding!’
- ‘Most of the major buildings have taken a pounding.’
- ‘Fears about the health of the global economy gripped the market with hi-tech and telecom stocks again taking a pounding.’
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