hammer

[ ham-er ]SEE DEFINITION OF hammer

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HAMMER

I knew those fellows inside were bound to hammer it down if they could.

The man with the gun swore fearfully, but his comrade with the hammer was silent.

When I was at your tent, there was a man with a hammer taking a lot of men out of the woods.

But again she lifted the hammer, and gave, this time, a single rap.

The man who proclaims with a hammer that he has picked a pocket with his tongue.

That is the true ideal; a great nation ought not to be a hammer, but a magnet.

When my domestics heard me ask for the hammer they decided to open it themselves.

To my great relief, she was interrupted by the auctioneer, and the sound of his hammer.

With that receipt, Pat, you'd need a hammer to crack 'em with after they was baked.

When he put these on he could throw his hammer twice as far.

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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