- a hammer having a head with one end curved and cleft for pulling out nails.
- Informal. a dress coat.
Origin of claw hammer
First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for claw hammer
You are expected, sir, in a stovepipe hat and a claw-hammer coat!Sailing Alone Around The World
Two nouns used in other than their natural signification; claw-hammer.Compound Words
Frederick W. Hamilton
We had no stretcher, so Dinky-Dunk made shift with me and a claw-hammer.The Prairie Wife
Tom pronounced it proudly, as it were a claw-hammer and white waistcoat.A Court of Inquiry
Grace S. Richmond
There's many on 'em, with claw-hammer coats and diamonds in their shirt-fronts, as hasn't got two quid to knock together.In Friendship's Guise
Wm. Murray Graydon
- a hammer with a cleft at one end of the head for extracting nailsAlso called: carpenter's hammer
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