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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HAMMER OUT

"Do not let the hammer out of your hands this time, bride of Thrym," he shouted.

Their weapons were of stones, but they had some kind of metal which they could hammer out.

Oh, you've still got your hammer out for New York, have you?

John sat up at night, but only managed to hammer out two lines.

He pulled his hammer out of one of the "croker sacks," inserted the claw and pulled.

If these versicles won't do, I will hammer out some more endecasyllables.

Here, take a pen in your hand and sit down, and I'll see if I can hammer out something.

From a half dollar they will hammer out or mold a bangle and cover it with chasing very deftly cut.

When you are here I will hammer out the Walkre to you, and I hope it will force its way from ear to heart.

Eustace Bright went back to the study, and again endeavored to hammer out some verses, but fell asleep between two of the rhymes.

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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