hammer out


hammered out; hammering out; hammers out

transitive verb

: to produce or bring about as if by repeated blows
hammered out an agreement

Examples of hammer out in a Sentence

the city council hammered out new commercial development regulations with input from residents, business owners, and environmental activists
Recent Examples on the Web Canada is trying to hammer out a plan that could eliminate plastic packaging of produce by 95 percent by 2028. Kim Severson, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 Bob Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman spent a lot of his career hammering out deals for artists who claimed to hate materialism. Andrew O’Hagan, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 The official said Israel and the U.S. are waiting for Hamas to respond to a proposal hammered out in Qatar in recent days. NBC News, 25 Mar. 2024 Blinken has been trying to hammer out a plan to present to Israeli leaders that would trade the lure of normalizing relations with Saudi Arabia with Israel’s consent to a Palestinian state. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024 The statewide deal hammered out last year was a thoughtful compromise that headed off a costly ballot fight in November between unions and fast-food employers. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, 16 Mar. 2024 Senate conservatives have for weeks expressed opposition to the border talks as Sens. James Lankford (R-OK), Kyrsten Sinema (I-AZ), and Chris Murphy (D-CT) hammered out an agreement with the White House that would tighten asylum standards and give the president a new expulsion authority. Emily Jacobs, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 31 Jan. 2024 The company and family of the deceased met on multiple occasions to hammer out their arrangement. Patrick Frater, Variety, 28 Mar. 2024 The official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said Israel and the U.S. were waiting on a Hamas response to a proposal hammered out in recent days in Qatar. NBC News, 25 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1632, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hammer out was circa 1632

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“Hammer out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hammer%20out. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

hammer out

: to produce or bring about by persistent effort
hammered out an agreement

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