One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he felt like a boxer who had been pummelled mercilessly’
batter, pound, rain blows on, belabour, drub, hammer
punch, beat, strike, hit, thump, thrash, bang, welt, crack, whack, thwack
informal bash, clobber, wallop, beat the living daylights out of, give someone a beating, give someone a drubbing, give someone a hiding, give someone a good beating, give someone a good drubbing, give someone a good hiding, belt, tan, 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
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