- 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
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Examples from the Web for pile-driver
He shortened his right arm for a jab like the crash of a pile-driver.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
It shot out like a pile-driver, all his weight behind the blow.Crooked Trails and Straight
William MacLeod Raine
Then came a time when this funeral business landed on me like a pile-driver.Cutting It out
Samuel G. Blythe
My first order for my pile-driver was a source of great pleasure to me.Stories of Invention
Edward E. Hale
"It acts more like a pile-driver than a printing-press," said Ned, ruefully.Phaeton Rogers
- a machine that drives piles into the ground either by repeatedly allowing a heavy weight to fall on the head of the pile or by using a steam hammer
- informal a forceful punch or kick
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Word Origin and History for pile-driver
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