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There he laid him on the anvil and began to hammer away on him.

Hammer away; only you might let us have our dinner in peace.

"We'll just go to hell," said Atkinson, snatching his hammer away.

This cruel beast could pounce on him at will and hammer away his life.

I hammer away, but I don't in the least know where to send this.

Joel hammer away at plough-handle, tinkerin' just like heself.

Hammer away yourself at such a pebble, and see what a mess you make of it.

They intend to keep at that distance, and hammer away at us.

He was too shrewd to stand up with any pupil who might get the best of him and permit that pupil to hammer away at him.

With scarce a leg or wheel for man and horse, gun or caisson, to stand on, it continued to hammer away at the crushing fire above.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hamor "hammer," from Proto-Germanic *hamaraz (cf. Old Saxon hamur, Middle Dutch, Dutch hamer, Old High German hamar, German Hammer. The Old Norse cognate hamarr meant "stone, crag" (it's common in English place names), and suggests an original sense of "tool with a stone head," from PIE *akmen "stone, sharp stone used as a tool" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kamy, Russian kameni "stone"), from root *ak- "sharp" (see acme). Hammer and sickle as an emblem of Soviet communism attested from 1921, symbolizing industrial and agricultural labor.

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