Definition of pounding in US English:



  • 1Repeated and heavy striking or hitting of someone or something.

    ‘the pounding of the surf on a sandy beach’
    • ‘But certainly the area south of the city today, we're told, taking a very heavy pounding indeed.’
    • ‘Then if the carts are built heavy, even heavier wheel brackets are needed to absorb this pounding.’
    • ‘She remembered waking up with heavy pounding on the door.’
    • ‘As the storm passed through our area, these heavy winds took a pounding on the Atlantic coast.’
    • ‘Big Vinny was the only guy that supported them and he took a pounding for that at school.’
    • ‘Almost as soon as she had, the door shook with heavy, rhythmic poundings.’
    • ‘The London market took another pounding yesterday as a huge sell-off in the US hit investor confidence in the City.’
    • ‘I heard the heavy poundings of my heart in my ears; I felt the inward struggle as I gasped for breaths.’
    • ‘Heavy pounding at my door accompanied my mother's worried question.’
    • ‘True to her observation, the heavy pounding steadily got louder and louder, until it suddenly stopped.’
    • ‘That's the place where a Notre Dame football player took a pounding after being arrested.’
    • ‘She sat serenely in her throne, surveying her courtiers through utterly regal eyes, which hid the heavy pounding of her heart.’
    • ‘For Williams took a pounding, albeit brief, but came back to clinch the fight with some terrific work in the 12 th and final round.’
    • ‘The government took a pounding on all fronts last week.’
    • ‘Most bodybuilders would assume that this works because it gives the joints a break from heavy pounding.’
    • ‘When the market started to weaken they really took a pounding.’
    • ‘The runway, made of asphalt reinforced with more asphalt, took a pounding.’
    • ‘The market took a pounding in almost all sectors, with the momentum of a month-long decline in high-tech stocks dragging the market down yet further.’
    • ‘The heavy pounding of a bass guitar invaded my brain, and I realized the neighbors were still playing my music.’
    • ‘We are arranging so that presently this will be the other way around, but meanwhile London and our big cities have had to stand their pounding.’
    bombardment, shelling, gunfire, artillery fire, barrage, battery, attack
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    1. 1.1 Rhythmical beating or throbbing.
      ‘all she could hear was the pounding of her heart’
      • ‘Darren stared up at the ceiling and waited for the pounding in his head to stop.’
      • ‘He listened for breathing, but he could hear nothing over the pounding of his heart.’
      • ‘I could hear nothing but the pounding of my protesting heart.’
      • ‘The pounding in his head kept in time with the worry over his son, preventing him from drifting off again.’
    2. 1.2informal A resounding defeat.
      ‘the victory was badly needed after a 16-7 pounding at the hands of Brooklyn’
      • ‘That induced some sick looks on West faces, and well might they have dreaded having to return to the frozen tundra of western Ayrshire for another pounding.’


  • take (or get) a pounding

    • Be repeatedly hit or attacked.

      ‘the town took a hell of pounding from the Luftwaffe’
      figurative ‘technology stocks took a pounding in last week's sharp correction’
      • ‘Russia's stock market has taken a pounding.’
      • ‘As the storm passed through our area, these heavy winds took a pounding on the Atlantic coast.’
      • ‘Fears about the health of the global economy gripped the market with hi-tech and telecom stocks again taking a pounding.’
      • ‘He turns 32 next month, and his body has taken a pounding because of his physical running style.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most of the major buildings have taken a pounding.’
      • ‘The floorboards in the hall must be taking a pounding!’
      • ‘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.’