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

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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 There’s a Porsche dealership near the city center that still has a hammer and sickle statue outside. Niree Noel, Allure, "The Evolution of Armenia’s Beauty Industry, According to Women Who Witnessed It," 27 July 2018 The disguised antisemitism that for so long had been as ubiquitous a feature of Soviet society as the hammer and sickle started to shed its covers. Margarita Gokun Silver, Longreads, "The Forever Nomad," 30 Apr. 2018 On a rainy day, the group dressed in Red Army outfits, huddled together to hold a red flag with the hammer and sickle and smiled for the camera. Alexandra Stevenson, New York Times, "China’s Communists Rewrite the Rules for Foreign Businesses," 13 Apr. 2018 They were greeted with scores of television cameras perched by the looming gray doors — which still bear the hammer and sickle insignia of the Soviet Union — that lead into the halls of the Stalinist skyscraper the Foreign Ministry calls home. Matthew Bodner, Washington Post, "One by one, Russia tells European ambassadors of latest diplomatic expulsions," 30 Mar. 2018 They were greeted with scores of television cameras perched by the looming gray doors — which still bear the hammer and sickle insignia of the Soviet Union — that lead into the halls of the Stalinist skyscraper the Foreign Ministry calls home. Matthew Bodner, BostonGlobe.com, "Russia tells string of European envoys of latest expulsions," 30 Mar. 2018 Just inside Kachka’s door on Grand Avenue, a hammer and sickle are bolted on the wall. Robert Reid, San Francisco Chronicle, "Best Portland spots for Russian culture need no propaganda," 9 Mar. 2018 Even her last public appearance — her funeral — was marked by the Communist Party hammer and sickle flag that adorned her coffin. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Frida Kahlo: Radical Artist, Political Activist, Icon," 26 Jan. 2018

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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