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pound away

To strike or hammer someone or something repeatedly and with unrestrained force. Often followed by "at/on someone or something." He poured the corn into the mortar and pounded away with the pestle. The gangster started pounding away on some poor guy who had just tripped and spilled his drink. We pounded away at the sheet of rock beneath the soil, but we just couldn't penetrate it.
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pound away (at someone or something)

to hammer or batter constantly on someone or something. The cops pounded away at the poor guy, and then they put him in handcuffs. The jackhammer kept pounding away at the pavement.
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They continued to pound away at us going to their strengths.
Although Siroed y Gogledd continued to pound away at the Cardiff defence, they were unable to unlock the defence.
There are a lot of girl-friendly DVDs around these days that don't feature over-tanned flabby blokes with dodgy moustaches pulling horrible faces as they pound away at blow-up-doll types!
In the days of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, a blacksmith's son named Piers helps his father pound away at metalwork while dreaming of the knightly adventures that his mother wove in her courtly tales.
Meanwhile, environmental groups in the U.S., Canada, and Europe continue to pound away at the ecological cost of raising salmon in coastal ocean waters.
A greater mystery is why the press and campaign finance groups haven't blown the whistle, even as they pound away at the Democrats' 527s.
The 450:1 reduction, fitted with special breathers to better suit the sculpture's outside workspace, has been helping Jonathan Borofsky's 1991 homage to workers everywhere pound away at his forge since the statue was raised.
That was the signal for Tondu to pound away at the visitors for long periods using the forwards to punch hard into the Bedwas defence.
shoreline is eroding, or wearing away, as hurricanes, winter storms, rising ocean levels, and building development pound away at the coast.
Besides the educational establishment, which is the heart of the anti-culture, popular fiction, motion pictures, television, visual arts, and popular music relentlessly pound away at us with the same message.