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  • v. Present participle of pummel.
  • n. A beating.


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  • That's right, it's Byrne / Morgan, with the odious former Mirror editor on the receiving end of a verbal pummelling from the Irish stand-up.


  • Meanwhile, Frank Mir's rapidly swelling face is applying for its own area code as he he wins the Rocky Dennis look-alike contest, thanks to a thorough pummelling.

    Archive 2009-07-05

  • At Wembley, still seeking low-gear fitness, at times he brought to mind not so much a young Alan Shearer as the old Alan Shearer, a single pummelling shooting boot, to be unpackaged and wheeled about the park like a rust-bound first world war field gun.

    England's Andy Carroll is not the first with a thirst for success | Barney Ronay

  • Banking stocks took another severe pummelling, with HSBC down 8.5% at one stage in Hong Kong, and Bank of China losing 7.6%.

    Markets tumble as financial crisis deepens - live

  • Increasingly, the party is also taking real electoral punishment at the ballot box, with support in most opinion polls down by a half from 2010, knocked into sixth place in the Barnsley Central byelection last week and now facing a further pummelling when voters go to the polls in local and devolved elections at the start of May.

    Liberal Democrats: Call for a lost voice | Editorial

  • Scotty protested and reached for French Frank, who whirled upon him and fell on top of him in a pummelling clinch after a sprawl of twenty feet across the sand.

    Chapter 11

  • The sailors now crowded boldly aft, grinning and shuffling, to watch the pummelling of the hated Cockney.

    Chapter 12

  • As Romney and his Super Pac were pummelling Gingrich into the ground, Santorum bided his time.

    How soft is Rick Santorum's surge? | Harry J Enten

  • Not a huge amount of thought, admittedly, but some, as different opponents can only be taken out in different ways, some being more susceptible to rocket strikes, for example, while others require some carefully aimed bullets for the long-distance removal of wanzer limbs before you zip in for some good old fashioned pummelling.

    Front Mission Evolved

  • As Mark Vernon reported, the evening itself was a bit of a damp squib, and normal service has been resumed on comment threads, with Caspar Melville – the aforementioned humanist – understandably crying foul at the pummelling he received for daring to call for more listening and less braying.

    Reframing the New Atheism debate


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