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bludgeon

verb [T]     /ˈblʌdʒ.ən/
to hit someone hard and repeatedly with a heavy weapon: The two boys had been mercilessly bludgeoned to death.Physical and sexual assault and abductionSexual activity in general to force someone to do something: The children bludgeoned their parents into taking them to the zoo.Causing somebody to actUrging and persuading
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