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pound the pavement

To walk along the sidewalk or streets, especially to look for employment. I know you want a job to magically fall in your lap, but you need to pound the pavement and look for a "help wanted" sign.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pound the pavement

Fig. to walk through the streets looking for a job. I spent two months pounding the pavement after the factory I worked for dosed. Hey, Bob. You'd better get busy pounding those nails unless you want to be out pounding the pavement.
See also: pavement, pound
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pound the pavement

Walk the streets, especially in search of employment. For example, He was fired last year and he's been pounding the pavement ever since. A similar usage is pound a beat, meaning "to walk a particular route over and over"; it is nearly always applied to a police officer. [Early 1900s]
See also: pavement, pound
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.

pound the pavement

move about on foot at a steady, regular pace in a town or city.
1992 New York Times Put yourself in the shoes of someone who…is now out pounding the pavement wondering what to settle for in a low-wage job.
See also: pavement, pound
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

pound the pavement

Slang
To travel the streets on foot, especially in search of work.
See also: pavement, pound
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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I have been in Brazil since October of last year and have found more honest, hardworking and skilled colleagues in nine months than in 25 years pounding the pavement in North America.