hammer away at
Keep at something continuously, as in The reporters hammered away at the candidate. This phrase employs hammer in the sense of “beat repeatedly,” a usage dating from the mid-1600s.
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contemplate, ponder, weigh, examine, deliberate, intensify, focus, fixate, settle, put, apply, establish, consider, bicker, contest, question, wrangle, oppose, answer, reflect
- hammarskjöld, dag,
- hammer and sickle,
- hammer and tongs,
- hammer beam,
- hammer blow,
- hammer drill,
- hammer finger,
- hammer mill
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