He hammered the dent out of the fender.
The carpenters were hammering all afternoon.
The workers are hammering the studs to the frame.
The batter hammered the ball over the fence.
Someone tried to hammer him over the head with a club.
Many towns were hammered by the hurricane.
The typist's fingers were hammering the keys.
He was hammering at the door.
The rain hammered down on the roof.
The home team was hammered 9–0. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
In October, an assailant looking for then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke into her San Francisco home and used a hammer to attack her husband, Paul, who suffered blunt-force injuries and was hospitalized.—Susan Montoya Bryan, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Jan. 2023 According to the federal complaint, DePape allegedly used a hammer to break into the Pelosi residence in the upscale Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco just before 2 a.m. local time on Oct. 28.—Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 14 Dec. 2022 Court records show DePape allegedly used the hammer to break into the House speaker’s San Francisco home early Friday and rousted her husband, who was sleeping upstairs.—Maria Sacchetti, Anchorage Daily News, 3 Nov. 2022 According to state and federal complaints filed Monday, DePape allegedly used a hammer to break into Pelosi’s San Francisco home early Friday.—Holly Bailey, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2022 The guard heard a bang — a man police later identified as David DePape, 42, of Richmond had used a hammer to break the glass backdoor and enter the Pelosi home, authorities said.—Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Oct. 2022 While automation may be a worthy pursuit in some cases, many corporations have used the RPA hammer rather indiscriminately.—Manish Garg, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 Researchers used a hammer and chisel to harmlessly remove tiny pieces of coral from reefs at several sites near Oahu and installed that coral into the tank.—NBC News, 10 Mar. 2022 Police said two people walked into the shop about 5:45 p.m. and that one used a hammer to smash several display cases.—The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 7 Feb. 2022
Hindenburg Research’s report on Adani Group continues to hammer Gautam Adani’s conglomerate, with shares falling as much as 10% in India today.—Alan Murray, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2023 Hops's intent was to create an inexpensive sports car in the theme of the 289 Cobra or the Sunbeam Tiger: a hoot to hammer through the twisty parts.—Brock Yates, Car and Driver, 29 Dec. 2022 This is all part of Putin’s misguided, and likely futile, effort to hammer the nation into submission – a hail of rockets designed to knock out electricity, water, and other critical civilian infrastructure as winter looms.—David A. Andelman, CNN, 17 Nov. 2022 In the face of all this pecking, biologists have hypothesized broadly about woodpeckers’ ability to hammer their heads into the trees without hurting themselves.—Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 14 July 2022 Fox News and the other propaganda outlets will gleefully hammer the nails into Trump’s political coffin.—Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 11 Dec. 2022 The Romanian deadlift will hammer both your glutes and your hamstrings.—Brett Williams, Men's Health, 30 Nov. 2022 In the early 2000s, the criminal would hammer his victims to death and his every move cast fear across Seoul.—Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 4 Nov. 2022 According to a Monmouth University poll released earlier this week, more than four out of five Americans still rank inflation as an extremely important or very important issue, so Republicans will continue to hammer Democrats on it through November.—John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 7 Oct. 2022 See More
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Middle English hamer, from Old English hamor; akin to Old High German hamar hammer, and perhaps to Old Church Slavonic kamen-, kamy stone, Greek akmē point, edge — more at edge
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a