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 Popular right-wing influencers who appeared shaken by the day’s events agreed that the tattoo was definitely a hammer and sickle, indicating that the man was a communist infiltrator in (lazy) disguise. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "Watching MAGA World Fracture in Real Time," 8 Jan. 2021 The spray paint also included a picture of a hammer and sickle. Fox News, "Election Day anti-voting message spray-painted on Kansas City's World War I Museum," 3 Nov. 2020 The game starts with a full-screen image of the hammer and sickle designed by Michal Hlaváč, who was 14 at that time, and worked with his younger brother, Juraj, who was only 10. Andrada Fiscutean, Ars Technica, "How Indiana Jones, Rambo, and others ended up in 1980s Czechoslovak text-adventures," 23 Oct. 2020 The next day, the account posted a hammer and sickle crossed out by a bloody red circle. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, "How Police Unions Bully Politicians," 20 Oct. 2020 Pan-democratic parties distributed placards denouncing the extradition law and lampooning Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leader, Carrie Lam, with the Communist hammer and sickle over her eye. Washington Post, "Hundreds of thousands in Hong Kong protest law to allow extraditions to China," 10 June 2019 Do not follow the advice of Twitter communists and stage a rent strike with hammer and sickle in hand, tempting as that might be. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, "Can’t Afford Your Rent Anymore? Experts Explain Your Options," 26 Mar. 2020 His backdrop was a bright red poster depicting the Soviet hammer and sickle emblem and the famous St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square. Alan Fram And Matthew Daly, chicagotribune.com, "Trump impeachment inquiry takes big step forward: House approves rules outlining how closed-door depositions will become public," 31 Oct. 2019 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

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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 18 Apr. 2021.

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