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verb (tr, adverb)
to shape or remove with or as if with a hammer
to form or produce (an agreement, plan, etc) after much discussion or dispute
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hammer out

Work out with considerable effort, as in It took weeks of negotiations to hammer out an acceptable compromise. This usage likens intellectual effort to shaping metal with the blows of a hammer. [Mid-1700s]

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