hammer and sickle


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 An Instagram post shared April 18 shows a collage of a man atop a building replacing a Ukrainian flag, which has a blue and yellow stripe, with a Soviet flag, which has a red banner and a golden hammer and sickle. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 Transnistria has its own flag, complete with a Soviet-style hammer and sickle, and a separate identity from the rest of Moldova. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2022 The red banner with that hammer and sickle has reportedly been waved by pro-Russian fighters in the breakaway region of Luhansk and adorned the sides of Russian military vehicles motoring to the front lines. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2022 But this store used to sell a vodka that had a hammer and sickle on the bottle, and no one raised an eyebrow at that. James Lileks, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Transnistria has its own flag, complete with a Soviet-style hammer and sickle, and its own makeshift currency that partly consists of plastic coins reminiscent of a board game. New York Times, 6 Mar. 2022 Erected in 1981, the monument depicts a woman with a sword in one hand and a shield embossed with a hammer and sickle in the other. Jane Recker, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2022 But this festive season, exactly three decades on, brings the gravest showdown between NATO and Russia since the red hammer and sickle flag was lowered over the Kremlin. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 25 Dec. 2021 Some remained on Madison Street to scrawl messages, and the communist hammer and sickle symbol in chalk in front of CPS headquarters. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, 14 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hammer and sickle

1921, in the meaning defined above

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1 May 2022

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“Hammer and sickle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hammer%20and%20sickle. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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