get/take quite a hammering

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of get/take quite a hammering

: to suffer severe injury or damage
  • The old church got/took quite a hammering during the storm.

Word by Word Definitions

get play
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

quite play
  1. : wholly, completely

  2. : to an extreme : positively

  3. : to a considerable extent : rather

hammer play hammering
  1. : a hand tool consisting of a solid head set crosswise on a handle and used for pounding

  2. : a power tool that often substitutes a metal block or a drill for the hammerhead

  3. : something that resembles a hammer in form or action: such as

  1. : to strike blows especially repeatedly with or as if with a hammer : pound

  2. : to make repeated efforts

  3. : to beat, drive, or shape with repeated blows of a hammer


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