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claw hammer

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
Related forms
clawhammer, adjective Unabridged
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  • You can draw a nail with a claw hammer when you could not possibly pull it with your hand even if you could get hold of it.

    Common Science Carleton W. Washburne
  • Fasten them to the bench with a couple of nails, leaving the heads sticking up so that you can pull them later with a claw hammer.

    Mission Furniture

    H. H. Windsor
  • A key can sometimes be drawn by catching the end of it with a claw hammer and driving on the hub of pulley.

    Farm Engines and How to Run Them James H. Stephenson
  • She took the pickets off the garden fence at her pleasure, using her horns as handily as I could use a claw hammer.

British Dictionary definitions for claw hammer

claw hammer

a hammer with a cleft at one end of the head for extracting nails Also called carpenter's hammer
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