blunt instrument


: an object without sharp edges or points that is used as a club
He was hit over the head with a blunt instrument.

Examples of blunt instrument in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nostalgia has been offered as a blunt instrument of explanation for both Brexit and Trump. Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 In a post on Facebook, William Poole said he was struck on the eye with a blunt instrument and suffered lacerations, bruises, and stitches from the assault by young people trying to enter the couple’s second-floor residence., 28 July 2023 The wireless emergency alerts are a bit of a blunt instrument, said Gridley. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 18 July 2023 The Freudian unconscious can be crude, a blunt instrument with which to make sense of everything from a bad day to irritation at a parent. Gillian Silverman, The New Yorker, 15 July 2023 Desire can also be a blunt instrument, a hammer clang to the heart. Kristen Arnett, Washington Post, 13 July 2023 Courts are split on the question of whether federal public-accommodations laws apply only to physical locations or not, but the analogy is there for both legislators and courts, and of course there is always the blunt instrument of the antitrust laws. Michael B. Mukasey, National Review, 9 May 2023 But the federal funds rate is a blunt instrument, and the economic effects of these rate increases operate with a significant lag, The Fed could easily plunge the economy into a major recession. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, 9 Mar. 2023

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“Blunt instrument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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