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sledgehammer

noun sledge·ham·mer \ ˈslej-ˌha-mər \
|Updated on: 21 Jun 2018

Definition of sledgehammer

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

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First Known Use of sledgehammer

15th century

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sledgehammer

verb

Definition of sledgehammer

sledgehammered; sledgehammering; sledgehammers
: to strike with or as if with a sledgehammer
: to strike blows with or as if with a sledgehammer

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First Known Use of sledgehammer

1834

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sledgehammer

adjective

Definition of sledgehammer

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

First Known Use of sledgehammer

1827

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SLEDGEHAMMER Defined for English Language Learners

sledgehammer

Definition of sledgehammer for English Language Learners

  • : a large, heavy hammer with a long handle


SLEDGEHAMMER Defined for Kids

sledgehammer

noun sledge·ham·mer \ ˈslej-ˌha-mər \

Definition of sledgehammer for Students

: a large heavy hammer usually used with both hands


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