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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.
See also: away, pound
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: away, pound
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Zeb pounded away with the Gargoyle he was using as a club until he had knocked down dozens of foes; but at the last they clustered so thickly about him that he no longer had room in which to swing his arms.
Anne devoted herself to English, Priscilla pored over classics, and Philippa pounded away at Mathematics.
And as he pounded away upon some pots and pans in the scullery, he talked loudly about what HE would do, if he once came within reach of that rascal Robin Hood.
The sergeant, a decisive man, ordered that the sound should not be answered, but that the course should be changed, and that his men should make towards it "at the double." So we slanted to the right (where the East was), and Joe pounded away so wonderfully, that I had to hold on tight to keep my seat.
AT LEAST five people have died after Hurricane Dorian pounded away at the Bahamas for a day and a half.
Moors duly pounded away in the second period and levelled through Wes Atkinson's superb goal to mark his debut in style on 65 minutes.
But Ostapenko played fearlessly in the decider and pounded away a 50th clean winner to become the first Latvian player to reach a grand slam final.
The London 2012 quarter-finalist admits he's been driven by the disappointment of four years ago when his hopes of becoming a home hero were pounded away.
The London 2012 quarterfinalist admits he's been driven by the disappointment of four years ago when his hopes of becoming a home hero were pounded away. But Oates believes he's done everything possible to turn the odds in his favour.
Stoffel darted ahead 6-0, but Hedigan pounded away. He began shooting the ball with a seemingly effortless flick of the wrist, which led to another midgame run that tied it at 13.
Gloucester had pounded away against a rock-solid Harlequins defence but were left to rue missed chances.
Peterborough pounded away but Steele was unbeatable and Barnsley broke for Butterfield to set up Davis' dramatic 78th-minute winner.
The author researched this piece so beautifully that this reviewer's heart pounded away with every page.
The Irish pounded away at Australia's line in a nail-biting climax to a thrilling contest and were rewarded by O'Driscoll's try with a minute to go.
King's Lynn pounded away in the second half and John Turner set up a rip-roaring finale when he held off Smith to pull a goal back on 64 minutes.