hammer

[ ham-er ]
/ ˈhæm ər /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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Idioms for hammer

    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

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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 forms of hammer

hammerer, 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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Medical 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

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