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pock (something) with (something else)

1. To mar some surface with many small dents, divots, pits, or other similar imperfections. Often used in passive constructions. Our neighbors' son pocked our pristine front yard with divots after he decided to practice his golf swing there last weekend. The body of my brand new car was pocked with dents and craters after a bunch of kids threw stones at me as I drove through the east side of town last night.
2. To mar something with multiple imperfections, difficulties, or tribulations. Often used in passive constructions. Our relationship has been pocked with various troubles over the last 15 years, but we've always emerged stronger as a couple in spite of them. Recent reports have begun to pock his once impeccable reputation with accusations of plagiarism and deceit.
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pock something with something

to cause dents or small craters by shooting or throwing something at something. The hail pocked the roof of the car with dents. The side of the house was pocked with tiny dents where the hail had struck.
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