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claw hammer

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noun
  1. a hammer having a head with one end curved and cleft for pulling out nails.
  2. Informal. a dress coat.
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Origin of claw hammer

First recorded in 1760–70
Related formsclaw·ham·mer, adjective
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Examples from the Web for claw hammer

Historical Examples

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

    Sailing Alone Around The World

    Joshua Slocum

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

    Compound Words

    Frederick W. Hamilton

  • We had no stretcher, so Dinky-Dunk made shift with me and a claw-hammer.

    The Prairie Wife

    Arthur Stringer

  • Tom pronounced it proudly, as it were a claw-hammer and white waistcoat.

    A Court of Inquiry

    Grace S. Richmond

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for claw hammer

claw hammer

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