ball-peen hammer

noun

: a hammer having a hemispherical peen at one end of its head

Examples of ball-peen hammer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, Fisk’s ball-peen hammer on Echo is different from his claw hammer on the former Netflix show. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 Battle repeatedly struck Washington in the back of the head with a ball-peen hammer at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. Bill Rankin, ajc, 25 July 2019 Khasi men and women sit by roadsides with ball-peen hammers reducing boulders to pebbles the size of peas that will descend to the plains not by stream but by lorry, there to feed an infrastructure boom on the alluvial plains of Bangladesh. The Economist, 27 June 2019 Four inmates now charged with first-degree murder used weapons including a claw hammer, a ball-peen hammer and half a pair of scissors, medical examiners said. Fox News, 27 Sep. 2018 And second: How many of the ball-peen hammers sold are bought specifically in order to inflict such violence? Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, 13 Apr. 2018 Hold the chisel with your thumb and index finger (as shown), place the edge on the metal, and strike it with a ball-peen hammer. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, 27 Apr. 2018 His usual smash-and-grab rescue involves a ball-peen hammer (easy to pocket, inexpensive, untraceable), a stranger’s fractured skull and a traumatized child carried away on his meaty shoulder. Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, 19 Apr. 2018 This is the issue as the grunters, hold the ropers, chop the wooders, culture clubbers would just as soon be hit repeatedly by a ball-peen hammer than not play football in the fall. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, 14 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ball-peen hammer was circa 1875

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“Ball-peen hammer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ball-peen%20hammer. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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