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under the hammer

Definition of under the hammer

  1. —used to describe something that is being sold at an auction <Some valuable paintings went/came under the hammer today.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  in or into a position below or beneath something

    :  below or short of some quantity, level, or limit

    :  in or into a condition of subjection, subordination, or unconsciousness

  1. :  below or beneath so as to be overhung, surmounted, covered, protected, or concealed by

    :  subject to the authority, control, guidance, or instruction of

    :  receiving or undergoing the action or effect of

  1. :  facing or protruding downward

    :  lower in rank or authority :  subordinate

  1. :  a hand tool consisting of a solid head set crosswise on a handle and used for pounding

    :  a power tool that often substitutes a metal block or a drill for the hammerhead

    :  something that resembles a hammer in form or action: as

  1. :  to strike blows especially repeatedly with or as if with a hammer :  pound

    :  to make repeated efforts

    :  to reiterate an opinion or attitude

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to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

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