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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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References in classic literature ?
The machinery was always pounding away in this man, and Wilson preferred companions of a more reflective habit of mind.
Rotterdam was good, it was flat so I settled into a nice rhythm and kept pounding away."
The 16 foot-wide work features Bonham pounding away on his kit.
He sure tried, though, pounding away with power shots throughout the fight that had swelling all around Duhaupas' eyes in the final rounds.
The Japanese improved to 26-11-2 after pounding away on the grounded Kelly with 3:28 into the third and final round.
I was working with my .300 H&H, and the dude next to me was pounding away with some sort of magnum sporting the dreaded muzzle brake.
If runners' feet pounding away at paths was causing damage in the way that a lorry's wheels undermine the nation's Tarmac I could understand it, but that hardly seems the case here.
It was cruel luck for Llanharan who had led for most of the match and had been pounding away at the Tondu line as full time approached.
People pounding away, day after day on the treadmill, they don't seem to get anywhere, not just because of the belt of the treadmill, but in terms of their goals!I often emphasise not to display patience when it comes to reaching fitness goals, but at the same time, if you're getting closer to your target then you aren't being patient.
Silhouetted masts in the harbour, Curls of wood smoke from chimneys, The sea pounding away, being ignored and demanding Attention in the darkness.
At one point during the performance every member of the band (minus the drummer) was off the stage and mingling with the crowd while pounding away on instruments.
But if the thought of spending hours at the gym, pounding away on the treadmill, isn't your idea of a good time, then why not take up dance ;
They battled hard, forced an equaliser through skipper Darren Purse and were pounding away at Liverpool to the death.
He's into health and gyms.; 2 SO while Krissie is tucking into mountains of junk food every night, Steve is pounding away on his exercise bike, then making himself a healthy meal before heading off to the gym or to play five-a-side footy.; 3 WHEN he gets home he's still full of energy and often feeling very randy - but he usually finds Krissie is sprawled asleep on the sofa after several cans.; 4 STEVE goes to bed alone and when Krissie finally comes to and makes her way to bed, she will try to cuddle up to him - but by this time, he's lost the urge and just wants to go to sleep - and anyway, he is put off by her boozy breath and the fact that she smells of noodles and onions...
"I'm pounding away, pounding away and I could only do this for a half hour at a time.