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To create or produce something hastily or erratically using a keyboard. A noun of pronoun can be used between "pound" and "out." I'll always have fond memories of my uncle pounding out songs on my parents' piano on Christmas Eve. I've been procrastinating writing this essay all week—I'll just pound it out tonight.
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pound something out
1. Lit. to flatten something by pounding. He pounded the gold leaf out very thin. He pounded out the gold leaf.
2. Fig. to play something loudly on the piano, perhaps with difficulty or clumsily. Here, pound this one out. A little softer, please. She was pounding out a nice little tune.
3. Fig. to type something on a keyboard. I have finished writing it. Can I borrow your laptop so I can pound it out? All the reporters were pounding out stories for the next edition of the paper.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Produce, especially on a keyboard, as in I can pound out another résumé, or She was pounding out song after song on the piano. [c. 1900]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To expand the surface area of something, as a metal, by striking it: The artist pounded out the metal plate until it was flat. The blacksmith pounded the iron out.
2. To arrive at some agreement after much discussion, argument, or negotiation: The warring nations finally pounded out a treaty. The manager pounded a vacation schedule out that everyone liked.
3. To write something very quickly, especially using a keyboard: The author pounded out the last chapter of her novel in one day. The article was due in two hours, so I went to my computer and pounded it out.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
pound something out
1. tv. to play something loudly on the piano, perhaps with difficulty. Here, pound this one out. A little softer, please.
2. tv. to type something on a typewriter. I have finished writing it. Can I borrow your typewriter so I can pound it out?
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