ball-peen hammer

noun
\ ˈbȯl-ˈpēn- How to pronounce ball-peen hammer (audio) \

Definition of ball-peen hammer

: 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 Battle repeatedly struck Washington in the back of the head with a ball-peen hammer at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Three sentenced to death in Georgia await federal executions," 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, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 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, "Top leaders at prison where 4 died demoted, took pay cuts," 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, "You Were Never Really Here Is Never Really Here," 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, "How To Use a Cold Chisel," 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, "Review: Joaquin Phoenix stunning in ‘Never Really Here’," 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, "Springer: Switch the high school seasons?," 14 Apr. 2018 Joe's weapon of choice is a ball-peen hammer—the same kind of tool that his father used on Joe and his mother. Leah Pickett, Chicago Reader, "You Were Never Really Here updates Taxi Driver to an even colder urban landscape," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ball-peen hammer

circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

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“Ball-peen hammer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ball-peen%20hammer. Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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