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1‘the two bigger men pounded him with their fists’
beat, strike, hit, batter, thump, pummel, punch, rain blows on, belabour, hammer, thrash, set on, tear into, weigh into, bang, crack, drub, welt, thwack
informal bash, clobber, wallop, beat the living daylights out of, give someone a hiding, give someone a good hiding, whack, biff, bop, lay into, pitch into, lace into, let someone have it, knock into the middle of next week, sock, lam, whomp
British informal stick one on, slosh
North American informal boff, bust, slug, light into, whale
NZ Australian informal dong, quilt
literary smite, swinge
2‘40ft waves pounded the seafront’
beat against, crash against, batter, dash against, crack against, crack into, lash, strike, hit, buffet
3‘US gunships pounded the capital’
bombard, bomb, shell, blitz, strafe, torpedo, pepper, fire on, attack
4‘pound the cloves with salt and pepper until smooth’
crush, grind, pulverize, beat, mill, pestle, mash, pulp, bruise, powder, granulate
technical triturate, comminute
archaic bray, levigate
5‘I heard him pounding along the gangway’
run heavily, walk heavily, stomp, lumber, clomp, clump, tramp, trudge
Northern Irish Scottish sprauchle
North American tromp
6‘she leaned weakly against the door, her heart pounding’
throb, thump, thud, hammer, pulsate, pulse, pump, palpitate, race, beat heavily, go pit-a-pat, pitter-patter, vibrate, drum
literary pant, thrill
1‘every Christmas she sent the girls ten pounds each’
pound sterling, £
British informal quid, smacker, smackeroo, nicker, oner, oncer
British historical sovereign
1‘the dog ended up in the local pound’
enclosure, compound, pen, yard
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