One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he battered his opponent into submission’
pummel, pound, rain blows on, buffet, belabour, thrash, beat up, abuse
hit, strike, beat, smack, assault, attack, thump, lash, aim blows at
informal whack, clout, wallop, bash, clobber, bop, biff, sock, deck, plug, knock about, knock around, knock into the middle of next week, beat the living daylights out of, give someone a good hiding, lay into, lace into, do over, rough up
2‘the storm had severely battered the pier’
damage, injure, hurt, harm, impair, mar, spoil
destroy, demolish, crush, shatter, smash, ruin
informal total, trash
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