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sledgehammer

noun sledge·ham·mer \ ˈslej-ˌha-mər \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

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

transitive verb
: to strike with or as if with a sledgehammer
intransitive verb
: to strike blows with or as if with a sledgehammer

Recent Examples of sledgehammer from the Web

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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


SLEDGEHAMMER Defined for English Language Learners

sledgehammer

noun

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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