sledgehammer

noun
sledge·​ham·​mer | \ ˈslej-ˌha-mər How to pronounce sledgehammer (audio) \

Definition of sledgehammer

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

sledgehammer

verb
sledgehammered; sledgehammering; sledgehammers

Definition of sledgehammer (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to strike with or as if with a sledgehammer

intransitive verb

: to strike blows with or as if with a sledgehammer

sledgehammer

adjective

Definition of sledgehammer (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Examples of sledgehammer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The other woman’s 2-year-old female Yorkie/Poodle mix started barking during the commotion and Green struck the dog once with the sledgehammer before running away, the arrest affidavit stated. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Man accused of killing dog with sledgehammer after smashing girlfriend’s car is jailed," 31 July 2019 The first step to recovery, in some conservatives’ view, is to go after the people who wield the sledgehammers. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "Conservatives, Put Culture First," 1 July 2019 Commercial buildings split open as if with a sledgehammer, their contents splayed on the sidewalk. Kirk Semple, New York Times, "On Dorian-Battered Island, What’s Left? Virtually Nothing," 6 Sep. 2019 Logan Melgar’s room with a sledgehammer, put him in a chokehold and restrain him with duct tape during a deployment in Africa. Talia Kaplan, Fox News, "Top Navy SEAL officer tells men 'We have a problem' in wake of scandals, controversies," 2 Aug. 2019 Noticeably missing from the VMAs performance, however, was the quick cameo Madonna makes partway through the video, reciting a Bible verse while Grande, wielding a sledgehammer, lip-syncs along. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Ariana Grande's 2018 MTV VMAs Performance of "God Is a Woman" Featured 50 Diverse Female Dancers," 20 Aug. 2018 Wielding an hourglass as a sledgehammer against an app or a category of them will never get to the bottom of that problem. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "I Tried to Limit My Screen Time," 5 Sep. 2019 Winds pounded the building with the force of a thousand sledgehammers. Fox News, "Hurricane Dorian stories of survival emerge from devastated Bahamas," 3 Sep. 2019 Court documents detailed that a rifle and a sledgehammer with blood on it were discovered in a wooded area behind the house. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "'My Heart Was Turned to Ash.' Baseball Player Speaks Out After Murders of Wife, Son and Mother-in-Law," 30 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This aluminum-block five is a beast, spinning out a lag-free 400 horsepower and sledgehammering 354 pound-feet of torque from 1700 rpm all the way to 5850 rpm. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "Keep Audi Weird! An Ode to the RS3’s Riotous Five-Cylinder Engine," 26 Jan. 2018 Also, remember that sidewalks aren’t that difficult or expensive to sledgehammer out and rebuild a few feet away. Neil Sperry, San Antonio Express-News, "How to get berries on a yaupon holly," 5 Jan. 2018 Historians have been trying to sledgehammer people into remembering these events. Washington Post, "Singer, fiddler Rhiannon Giddens: Crossing musical divides," 2 Nov. 2017 Bungling criminal Kylie yells as her ATM robbery goes awry (her partner knocks himself out trying to sledgehammer the machine). Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Housebound Is a Horror Comedy That Will Actually Make You Laugh," 21 Oct. 2017 Rhett LeCompte of Houma and two of his buddies have sledgehammered a niche on social media that dubs Cajun phrases, accents and topics over iconic movie scenes. NOLA.com, "Houma resident dubs Cajun sayings over iconic movie scenes," 30 June 2017

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First Known Use of sledgehammer

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1834, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Adjective

1827, in the meaning defined above

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25 Oct 2019

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The first known use of sledgehammer was in the 15th century

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sledgehammer

noun
How to pronounce sledgehammer (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sledgehammer

: a large, heavy hammer with a long handle

sledgehammer

noun
sledge·​ham·​mer | \ ˈslej-ˌha-mər How to pronounce sledgehammer (audio) \

Kids Definition of sledgehammer

: a large heavy hammer usually used with both hands

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