1. (US) of a man, to perform sex vigorously.
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 55: My husband’s a carpenter, a carpenter, a carpenter, / A very fine carpenter is he. / All day he pounds nails, pounds nails, pounds nails. / At night he comes home and pounds me.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 368: I wish I was a pretty little girl and I had lots of money. / I would marry a carpenter’s son; / he’d be as good as any. / He would pound and I would pound and we would pound together. / Oh, what fun we would have, pounding one another.|
|in Sweet Daddy 26: Hell, if I tried to pound all of them every night, I’d really need you, Doc.|
|Swamp Man 108 All the Jones brothers pounding his wife.|
|Liza’s England (1996) 79: He swing his leg over and pounded away as if you’d no more feelings than the mattress.|
|Crooked Little Vein 234: She’s in there with some lawyer pounding her like he’s drilling for oil.|
2. (US black/campus) to drink beer quickly.
|Campus Sl. Oct. 5: pound – to drink.|
|What’s The Good Word? 304: We can pound a few brews and scope the local units (who are all too often grimbos).|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 8: pound some cans – drink large quantities of beer.|
|Wire ser. 1 ep. 6 [TV script] Then we go home, like good old-fashioned cops, and pound some Budweiser.‘The Wire’|
SE in slang uses
|Henry Holbeach 45: [...] the vicar, Dr Poundtext.|
|Grantham Jrnl 18 Mar. 7/1: ‘I would not advise you to go up. The case is a most infectious one.’ Deacon’s Wife: ‘Oh pray do not, dear Mr Poundtext’.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 917/1: C.18–late 19.|
(US) a euph. for go to hell! under hell n.
|Cop Team 114: ‘You know they won’t serve firewater to injuns.’ ‘Go pound salt,’ Telano grunted.|
|Skin Tight 47: Secure enough to tell Reynaldo Flemm to go pound salt every time he put the make on her.|
|New Yorker 18 May [Internet] Screw the independent bookstores [...] There weren’t any near where I grew up. There were only ones in college towns. The rest of us could go pound sand.|
see under cotton n.
(US) to work as a telegraph operator.
|Salt River Herald (Phoenix, AZ) 18 May 3/2: Two of the [...] boys in town were located at the stage office, pounding brass.|
|Omaha Dly Bee (NE) 28 Oct. 14/5: I [...] have been ‘pounding brass’ ever since.|
|Anaconda Standard (MT) 5 Aug. 3/2: I was a night telegraph operator [...] ‘Pound’ we used to call sleep in those days, because we stopped ‘pounding brass’ to pound our ears.|
|Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 79: Jonesey was still ‘pounding brass’ in the same office.‘Little Sunset’ in|
|Eve. Public Ledger (Phila., PA) 4 Mar. 22/4: Telegraph Operator [...] Isiah D. Maize, 80 years old, is still ‘pounding brass’ for the Western Union.|
(orig. US) to masturbate.
|Incest Schoolgirls [Internet] Her hot uncle heaved up off the bed as he pounded off to Jilly’s cute picture.|
see also under relevant nouns.
(US) to sleep; thus ear-pounding n.
|[||Maronides (1678) V 126: Quo he, Ile go consult my pillow].|
|Ledger (Noblesville, IN) 14 Aug. 6/2: ‘I “pounded my ear” all night’.|
|High School Aegis X (4 Nov.) 2–4: I’d pound me ear an’ snore.‘And ’Frisco Kid Came Back’ in|
|Sandburrs 59: He rolls in to pound his ear.‘Red Mike’ in|
|TAD Lex. (1993) 66: She’ll be pounding her ear on the haypile in a few minutes.in Zwilling|
|Camion Cartoons [caption in letter] [Internet] G-o-s-h kid, I sure was pounding my ear!|
|Gay-cat 38: Floppin’s, huh? Then I guess we’ll pound our ear.|
|Law O’ The Lariat 38: Now, go pound yore ear, little fat fella.|
|Federal Agent Nov. [Internet] Before I hit the flop that night to do some earpounding I wind my watch.‘Good Luck is No Good’ in|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 346: John is still pounding his ear.‘Butch Minds the Baby’ in|
|Rebellion of Leo McGuire (1953) 20: The big kids [...] would sneak a half hour or so pounding the ear.|
|Harder They Fall (1971) 47: I been pounding my ear.|
|DAUL 162/2: Pound the bell or ear. To sleep.et al.|
|(con. 1920s) Hoods (1953) 79: Let’s all of us pack in and pound the pillow.|
|World’s Toughest Prison 813: pound the ear – To sleep.|
|Cunning Linguist (1973) 56: The drone of jets, the smoothness of the flight, the brilliance of the sun - and I was pounding my ear in no time at all.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 53: Then I’d go to sleep and pound my ear until Bert roused me for chow.|
(US) to be reasonably intelligent; usu. in phr. not enough sense to pound sand in a rat hole.
|Witchita City Eagle (KS) 30 Mar. 2: We farmers may not be able to understand how the universe is governed [...] or to pound sand in a rathole.|
|St. John’s Herald (Apache Co., AZ) 7 Mar. 2/4: A few chumps accidentally get into the legislature who are not gifted with sufficient sense to pound sand into a rat-hole.|
|Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 14: pound sand, not to know enough to To be hopelessly stupid. ‘He can’t help us, for he doesn’t know enough to pound sand.’.|
|Fables in Sl. (1902) 154: Somebody that wasn’t afraid to Work, and had Gumption enough to pound Sand into a Rat-Hole.|
|Coconino Sun (Flagstaff, AZ) 6 June 1/1: Some of the Sun’s employees really do enough to pound sand in a rathole (when the directions are on the handle).|
|Marion Dly Mirror (OH) 12 Apr. 4/1: Litle Nick longworth with about braisn enough to pound sand down a rat-hole.|
|Mt Vernon Signal (KY) 16 June 3/5: Pounding sand into a rathole seems an easy task compared with keeping the Culebra free of slides.|
|Lyden Tribute (WA) 24 Aug. 9/4: Most voters don’t know enough to pound sand in a rat-hole.|
|One Way Ticket 75: You could teach him more’n you know, and he still wouldn’t know enough to pound sand in a rat hole.|
|Exit 3 and Other Stories 112: You go pound sand, you goddamned leech!|
|Garden of Sand (1981) 36: Them crazy Farm Administration cocksuckers ain’t got sense enough to pound sand in a rat hole!|
(US) to suffer.
|Chris Crusty [comic] ‘H°ya honey.’ ‘Aw go pound sand up yer ass!!’.|
|Jr. ‘Sticktown Nocturne’ in Baltimore Sun (MD) 12 Aug. A-1/4: ‘I been tru hell,’ he sobbed. ‘Go pound sand!’ Mooney yelled.|
|Cogan’s Trade (1975) 14: I was pounding sand up my ass almost four years.|
(W.I.) to denigrate someone, to criticize someone behind their back.
|Dict. Carib. Eng. Usage.|
see also under relevant nouns.
(US teen) to dance.
|Baltimore Sun (MD) Sun. Mag. 4 Dec. 9/1: Twitter MacAfee was the smart play of Blight Area 12, but although she pounded some ground at most of the blasts with Bugsy, the kook always blew the pad with a grub.|
(US campus) to have sexual intercourse.
|(con. 1949) Boomers 180: You sure as hell won’t be sleeping much [...] You’ll be pounding the springs till you eyes fall out.|
|(con. 1940s) Andy 53: He’s got a sheila. [...] But think what a dry-arsed bitch she must be to be pounding the mattress with a dead weight like Dumsday.|
|Campus Sl. Fall.|
1. (US Und., also pound the blocks, walk the pavement, ...pave, trudge the street) to work as a street prostitute; thus pavement-pounding adj., street-walking; thus pavement pounder under pavement n.
|Song No. 13 Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: Near to Temple bar, liv’d two trading women [...] Now we trudge the streets / We’re glad of half a shilling.|
|‘I Am A Blowen Togg’d Out So Gay’ in Flare-Up Songster 16: I never goes one fadge under my price [...] On my own bottom I walks the pave.|
|‘A Blowen in a Alley Pigg’d’ in Comic Songster and Gentleman’s Private Cabinet 34: A randy blowen truly; / Who walk’d the pave so gally rigg’d.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 129: See him passing to the Commons, / Making laws for rich and pore. / See her walking of [sic] the pyvements, / Nothing but a bloody whore.|
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Pounding the pavement, a prostitute soliciting men on the street.|
|Ten Story Gang Aug. [Internet] He was giving all the hardworking, pavement-pounding chippies hell.‘Clip-Joint Chisellers’ in|
|Lang. Und. (1981) 116/2: To pound the pavement or To pound the blocks. To solicit as a streetwalker.‘Prostitutes and Criminal Argots’ in|
|Flat 4 King’s Cross (1966) 118: ‘I’m not suggesting you start pounding the pavement,’ said Sammy, looking a little hurt.|
|Union Dues (1978) 152: ‘She’s just a hooker. Why you want to lean on her like that?’ ‘She’s protecting that black motherfucker Slick is why. Out pounding the pavement so’s he can flash that smile of his at us.’.|
2. (US, also pound the asphalt, ...streets) to walk the streets, esp. in search of a job.
|John Henry 45: When he’s not pounding the pave [...] he’s acting as second assistant engineer in a pool room.|
|DA].Options (1916) 30: I’m pounding the asphalt for another job [|
|Dly Press (Newport, VA) 16 Mar. 7/1: A constant heel-and-toe marathon [...] with no purpose but to the wear down shoe soles by pounding the pavement.|
|Wash. Times (DC) 24 Nov. 12/6: I’m in training [...] I’ve got to be out pounding the asphalt in Central Park at 5 o’clock in the morning.|
|Milk and Honey Route 160: Pounding the pavements a little now and then.|
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 538: I sure pounded the pavements in the Loop looking for a job.Judgement Day in|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
|Bug Jack Barron 30: You and me [...] would be out pounding the pavement tomorrow.|
|(con. 1920s) Legs 69: Next morning I got up early, ate breakfast, then pounded the streets looking for a pearl-diving job.|
|City in Sl. (1995) 40: To enter on the street and to walk on the sidewalk, especially when looking for something to do, in the logic of slang, is [...] to pound, or to beat the bricks, the pavement, or sometimes the macadam.|
3. (also pound sidewalks) of a police officer, to walk the streets.
|Eve. Star (DC) 20 Apr. 26/5: Let th’ young fellers pound the’ pavement.|
|Confessions of a Detective 13: You’ll be pounding the pavement with a nightstick inside of thirty days.|
|Tacoma Times (WA) 6 Aug. 2/3: World famous athletes [...] have been ordered to ‘pound the pavement,’ the same as policemen.|
|Wash. Times (DC) 17 May 12/2: The officer who does his asphalt pounding from the First precinct station thought he had discovered buried treasure.|
|N.Y. Tribune 4 Dec. 1/5: The uniformed policemen, the men who ‘pound the pavement’ every day or night.|
|Wash. Times (DC) 22 Nov. 19/4: Four stories below, pounding the pavement with his size 12 shoes, was Officer O’Toole.|
|Black Mask Aug. III 16: I [...] nod to the ferret-eyed dick who’s pounding the pavement.|
|You’re in the Racket, Too 246: Got a bit browned off with pounding the pavement.|
|Ten Detective Aces Sept. [Internet] You want to pound pavements the rest of your life?‘Rock-a-Bye Booby’ in|
|Thrilling Detective Jan. [Internet] McClain [...] didn’t like to be called ‘officer’ because it reminded him too much of his pavement pounding days.‘Opals Are Unlucky’ in|
4. (US drugs) to search for drugs, which can often require hours of walking.
|City in Sl. (1995) 38: Pounding the pavement is the relentless search for drugs.|
(US) to travel by train, esp. as a hobo.
|Letters from the Southwest (1989) 5: Here I took the O. & M. track, and began ‘pounding the ties’ westward.letter 15 Sept. in Byrkit|
|Abilene Reflector (MN) 7 Apr. 11/3: When last seen he was pounding ties for Junction.|
|Eve. Bulletin (Honolulu) 30 Apr. 10/3: Fortunately [...] they had a generous bank roll to start in with, else they would now be pounding the ties.|
|Score by Innings (2004) 306: We arrived in the morning, after pounding the rails all night in the freight caboose.‘Piute vs. Piute’ in|
|Lake Co. Times (Hammond, IN) 27 Mar. 4/4: ‘Business is rotten,’ said Holdup Ben [...] ‘Fake oil salesmen are pounding the ties’.|
see beat the shit out of v.