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sledgehammer

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noun sledge·ham·mer \ˈslej-ˌha-mər\

Definition of sledgehammer

  1. :  a large heavy hammer that is wielded with both hands; also :  something that resembles a sledgehammer in action

15th Century

First Known Use of sledgehammer

15th century


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sledgehammer

verb sledge·ham·mer

Definition of sledgehammer

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to strike with or as if with a sledgehammer

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to strike blows with or as if with a sledgehammer

1834

First Known Use of sledgehammer

1834


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sledgehammer

adjective sledge·ham·mer

Definition of sledgehammer

  1. :  marked by heavy-handed directness or hard-hitting force trusting in sledgehammer warfare — C. J. Rolo

1827

First Known Use of sledgehammer

1827


SLEDGEHAMMER Defined for English Language Learners

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sledgehammer

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noun sledge·ham·mer \ˈslej-ˌha-mər\

Definition of sledgehammer for English Language Learners

  • : a large, heavy hammer with a long handle


SLEDGEHAMMER Defined for Kids

sledgehammer

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noun sledge·ham·mer \ˈslej-ˌha-mər\

Definition of sledgehammer for Students

  1. :  a large heavy hammer usually used with both hands



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