Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pound v.2

1. [1920s+] (US) of a man, to perform sex vigorously.

2. [1970s+] (US black/campus) to drink beer quickly.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

pound-text (n.) [his thumping of the Bible]

[late 18C–19C] a parson.

In phrases

pound brass (v.)

[late 19C-1910s] (US) to work as a telegraph operator.

pound off (v.)

[1970s+] (orig. US) to masturbate.

pound one’s... (v.)

see also under relevant nouns.

pound one’s ear (v.) (also pound one’s pillow, ...the bell) [tramps attempting to sleep in the boxcars of US railroads as they bumped over the rails]

[late 19C–1960s] (US) to sleep; thus ear-pounding n.

pound sand in a rathole (v.)

[late 19C+] (US) to be reasonably intelligent; usu. in phr. not enough sense to pound sand in a rat hole.

pound sand up one’s ass (v.)

[1930s+] (US) to suffer.

pound someone’s name (v.)

[20C+] (W.I.) to denigrate someone, to criticize someone behind their back.

pound the... (v.)

see also under relevant nouns.

pound the ground (v.)

[1960s] (US teen) to dance.

pound the headboard (v.) (also pound the mattress, ...the springs)

[1940s+] (US campus) to have sexual intercourse.

pound the pavement (v.)

1. [19C+] (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.

2. [20C+] (US, also pound the asphalt, ...streets) to walk the streets, esp. in search of a job.

3. [1900s–30s] (also pound sidewalks) of a police officer, to walk the streets.

4. [1990s+] (US drugs) to search for drugs, which can often require hours of walking.

pound the rails (v.) (also pound the ties)

[1910s] (US) to travel by train, esp. as a hobo.