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hammer blow

a blow from a hammer
a severe shock or setback: Liam's death was a hammer blow
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  • Had he dreamed of the hammer blow of that forty-five caliber bullet?

  • Then somebody set a glass on the table, and it sounded like a hammer blow.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • A shout cracked the darkness as a hammer blow might crack a pane of glass.

    Hi Jolly! James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • The hammer blow was received by an oak block fitting into a recess at the top of the steel core.

    Concrete Construction Halbert P. Gillette
  • We have met that great armada the British Fleet, we have struck them with a hammer blow and we have returned.

  • The U-boat war is too slow, and time is not on our side, whilst a hammer blow down the Channel might do great things.

  • The jet growl stopped; complete silence closed in like a hammer blow.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • Festing waited anxiously, because the wheels of a locomotive when driven hard strikes what is called a hammer blow.

    The Girl From Keller's Harold Bindloss

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