hammer and sickle

noun

Definition of hammer and sickle

: an emblem consisting of a crossed hammer and sickle used especially as a symbol of Soviet Communism

Examples of hammer and sickle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Transnistria is the only place in the world whose national symbol is still the Soviet hammer and sickle. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "Transnistria looks like a Soviet state frozen in time," 20 Sep. 2019 The Communist Party of India had planted its hammer and sickle flag at the tea estate entrance. Paul Salopek, National Geographic, "These tea plantation workers in India face poverty—and dangers," 30 Aug. 2019 And a shield across the eagle’s chest features five instances of the hammer and sickle, a communist symbol associated with the Russian Revolution. Sarah Mervosh, BostonGlobe.com, "How Trump ended up onstage with a fake presidential seal," 25 July 2019 The artist was famously anti-capitalist, spent her 20s as a member of the Communist Party, and sported a hammer and sickle on her body cast after a near-fatal childhood injury. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Ulta plucked Frida Kahlo’s eyebrow for the artist’s themed makeup kit," 10 July 2019 When the lights went out, Shining Path sometimes lit torches in the shape of a giant hammer and sickle in the mountains above Lima. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "A Jagged Scrap of History," 24 June 2019 Opposition parties distributed placards lampooning Lam with the communist hammer and sickle over her eye. Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Hundreds of thousands in Hong Kong protest law to allow extraditions to China," 9 June 2019 Opposition parties distributed placards lampooning Lam with the communist hammer and sickle over her eye. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Hundreds of thousands in Hong Kong protest law to allow extraditions to China," 9 June 2019 Photo: Alexei Druzhinin/Planet Pix/ZUMA PRESS Few foreigners display the devotion of Mr. Monson, a longtime adherent of socialism and anarchism whose many tattoos include a hammer and sickle. James Marson, WSJ, "An American Heavyweight Infiltrates Russian Politics—and the Russians Are All for It," 30 Sep. 2018

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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“Hammer and sickle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hammer%20and%20sickle. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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