clawhammer

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adjective

claw·​ham·​mer ˈklȯ-ˌha-mər How to pronounce clawhammer (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a style of banjo playing using the thumb and one or more fingers picking or strumming in a downward direction

claw hammer

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noun

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: a hammer with one end of the head forked for pulling out nails
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Examples of clawhammer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Bexar County District Courts Peter Van Sant: What's on the claw hammer that's of interest? Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 9 Dec. 2023 At the time, Cannon was serving a 15-year sentence for the violent assault of another woman who suffered permanent injuries after prosecutors say Cannon raped her and beat her viciously with a claw hammer, iron and kitchen toaster. CBS News, 20 July 2023 Cannon had been serving a 15-year sentence for the violent assault of another woman who suffered permanent injuries after prosecutors say Cannon raped her and beat her viciously with a claw hammer, iron and kitchen toaster. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 21 July 2023 Barber was sentenced to death for beating 75-year-old Dorothy Epps to death in 2001 with his fists and a claw hammer. Ike Morgan | Imorgan@al.com, al, 11 July 2023 Prosecutors said Barber, a handyman, confessed to killing the 75-year-old with a claw hammer and fleeing with her purse. Kim Chandler, Chicago Tribune, 21 July 2023 Prosecutors said Barber, a handyman who knew Epps' daughter, confessed to killing Epps with a claw hammer and fleeing with her purse. Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 21 July 2023 Prosecutors said Barber, a handyman, confessed to killing Epps with a claw hammer and fleeing with her purse. CBS News, 21 July 2023 In 2001, Barber beat 75-year-old Dorothy Epps to death with his hands and a claw hammer in Harvest, Alabama. Iraq veteran’s passing An Alabamian who served in the Army unit that helped capture Saddam Hussein has passed away, reports AL.com’s Howard Koplowitz. Ike Morgan | Imorgan@al.com, al, 21 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

1964, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1769, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of clawhammer was circa 1769

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“Clawhammer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clawhammer. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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