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 formsclaw·ham·mer, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for claw hammer

Historical Examples of claw hammer

  • Exchanging the claw-hammer for his office coat, Burns went out by way of the French window to the rear of the house.

    Red Pepper Burns

    Grace S. Richmond

  • You are expected, sir, in a stovepipe hat and a claw-hammer coat!

  • 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

  • Two nouns used in other than their natural signification; claw-hammer.

    Compound Words

    Frederick W. Hamilton

  • The master wore a frock coat, but the servant was dressed in a "claw-hammer," and looked like a first-class waiter.

British Dictionary definitions for claw hammer

claw hammer


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