hammer blow

noun

a blow from a hammer
a severe shock or setbackLiam's death was a hammer blow
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Examples from the Web for hammer blow

  • Then Professor Kellton set his glass on the table, and it sounded like a hammer-blow.

    Graveyard of Dreams|Henry Beam Piper
  • Knowing all the conditions, Ballard thought the masonry would never withstand the hammer-blow impact of the wreck-laden billow.

    The King of Arcadia|Francis Lynde
  • And we ought to have realized that this was strange, because Soissons nowadays is a sight to strike the heart a hammer-blow.

    Everyman's Land|C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson