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pile driver

a machine for driving piles, usually composed of a tall framework in which either a weight is raised and dropped on a pile head or in which a steam hammer drives the pile.
a person who operates such a machine.
a person who hits or attacks forcefully or powerfully.
Wrestling. a move whereby an opponent is turned upside down and slammed headfirst to the mat.
British Sports. a powerful stroke, hit, kick, etc.
Origin of pile driver
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Seen together, news that looks like a rainbow acts like a pile driver.

    The Ghost in the White House Gerald Stanley Lee
  • But for the love of Pete, Robbie, keep that pile driver off my knees.

    Baseball Joe, Home Run King

    Lester Chadwick
  • The sound of the impact was like the dropping of a pile driver.

    Johnny Longbow Roy J. Snell
  • This consists of a sort of pile driver mounted on a large barge.

    The Panama Canal

    Frederic Jennings Haskin
  • The pile driver could be used within 16 minutes after its arrival at any point.

  • It come upon me sudden and strong as a pile driver, and my boy writ it down.

    Hans Brinker Mary Mapes Dodge
  • "It's a Hey" (a pile driver), said the kabouter, showing him how to use it.

    Dutch Fairy Tales for Young Folks William Elliot Griffis
  • When he was straight a pile driver struck him in the midsection.

    Brink of Madness Walter J. Sheldon
  • After a time the tug puffed up to the booms, escorting the pile driver.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White

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