verb (used with object)
- (in the London stock exchange) to dismiss (a person) from membership because of default.
- to depress the price of (a stock).
verb (used without object)
Origin of hammer
Synonyms for hammer
Related Words for hammerknock, pound, tap, bang, form, make, defeat, drive, clobber, thrash, strike, shape, fashion, batter, wallop, forge, trounce, drub, whack, pummel
Examples from the Web for hammer
Contemporary Examples of hammer
Next, the GOP should hammer away at how our roads, bridges, and tunnels are crumbling, and push for an infrastructure initiative.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior?
December 15, 2014
If we enter with hammer in hand, we may leave with merely dust and rubble on our faces.For Rent: Priceless Historic Sites
November 16, 2014
In this way, certain cognitive mechanisms can act like a hammer too eager for nails.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?
November 9, 2014
The phrase means, “the nail that sticks out always gets hit by a hammer.”Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
November 8, 2014
Another surveillance video, showing the perpetrator with hammer in hand, is here.Is Brooklyn Becoming Unsafe for Gays? It Depends On Which Ones
October 18, 2014
Historical Examples of hammer
I knew those fellows inside were bound to hammer it down if they could.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The man with the gun swore fearfully, but his comrade with the hammer was silent.
When I was at your tent, there was a man with a hammer taking a lot of men out of the woods.
But again she lifted the hammer, and gave, this time, a single rap.The White Old Maid (From "Twice Told Tales")
The man who proclaims with a hammer that he has picked a pocket with his tongue.The Devil's Dictionary
- a heavy metal ball attached to a flexible wire: thrown in competitions
- the event or sport of throwing the hammer
- persistently demanding and critical of someone
- in hot pursuit of someone
- to question in a relentless manner
- to criticize severely
- to announce the default of (a member)
- to cause prices of (securities, the market, etc) to fall by bearish selling
Word Origin for hammer
Old English hamor "hammer," from Proto-Germanic *hamaraz (cf. Old Saxon hamur, Middle Dutch, Dutch hamer, Old High German hamar, German Hammer. The Old Norse cognate hamarr meant "stone, crag" (it's common in English place names), and suggests an original sense of "tool with a stone head," from PIE *akmen "stone, sharp stone used as a tool" (cf. Old Church Slavonic kamy, Russian kameni "stone"), from root *ak- "sharp" (see acme). Hammer and sickle as an emblem of Soviet communism attested from 1921, symbolizing industrial and agricultural labor.
late 14c., from hammer (n.). Meaning "to work (something) out laboriously" recorded from 1580s. Meaning "to defeat heavily" is from 1948. Related: Hammered; hammering. Hammered as a slang synonym for "drunk" attested by 1986.
In addition to the idioms beginning with hammer
- hammer and tongs
- hammer away at
- hammer out
- under the hammer