ball-peen hammer

\ˈbȯl-ˈpēn- \

Definition of ball-peen hammer 

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

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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,, "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 Armed with his weapon of choice, a ball-peen hammer, Joe gets the job done with a swiftness and efficiency that find an echo in Ramsay's filmmaking. Justin Chang,, "Joaquin Phoenix descends into a hellish New York underworld in the haunting 'You Were Never Really Here'," 5 Apr. 2018 Buy a center punch and strike it with a ball-peen hammer. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "So You Have a Cordless Drill—Here's What Else You Need," 5 Feb. 2014 Wailing away at an aluminum painting support with a ball-peen hammer to dent and dimple the surface before hitting it with lacquer and polyester resin paints might not seem like the best idea. Christopher Knight,, "Billy Al Bengston 'Dento' paintings at Parrasch Heijnen: Life through reflected light," 9 Oct. 2017

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circa 1875, in the meaning defined above

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