hammer

[ ham-er ]
/ ˈhæm ər /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Idioms

    under the hammer, for sale at public auction: The old estate and all its furnishings went under the hammer.

Origin of hammer

before 1000; Middle English hamer, Old English hamor; cognate with German Hammer hammer, Old Norse hamarr hammer, crag; orig. made of stone; probably akin to Russian kámen' stone
Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for hammer out (1 of 2)

hammer out


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

British Dictionary definitions for hammer out (2 of 2)

hammer

/ (ˈhæmə) /

noun

verb

See also hammer out
Derived Formshammerer, nounhammer-like, adjective

Word Origin for hammer

Old English hamor; related to Old Norse hamarr crag, Old High German hamar hammer, Old Slavonic kamy stone
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Medicine definitions for hammer out

hammer

[ hămər ]

n.

malleus
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Idioms and Phrases with hammer out (1 of 2)

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]

Idioms and Phrases with hammer out (2 of 2)

hammer


In addition to the idioms beginning with hammer

  • hammer and tongs
  • hammer away at
  • hammer out

also see:

  • under the hammer
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