- shaped, formed, or ornamented by a metalworker's hammer: a hammered bowl of brass; hammered gold.
Origin of hammered
- a tool consisting of a solid head, usually of metal, set crosswise on a handle, used for beating metals, driving nails, etc.
- any of various instruments or devices resembling this in form, action, or use, as a gavel, a mallet for playing the xylophone, or a lever that strikes the bell in a doorbell.
- Firearms. the part of a lock that by its fall or action causes the discharge, as by exploding the percussion cap or striking the primer or firing pin; the cock.
- one of the padded levers by which the strings of a piano are struck.
- Track. hammer throw.
- Anatomy. the malleus.
- to beat or drive (a nail, peg, etc.) with a hammer.
- to fasten by using hammer and nails; nail (often followed by down, up, etc.): We spent the day hammering up announcements on fences and trees.
- to assemble or build with a hammer and nails (often followed by together): He hammered together a small crate.
- to shape or ornament (metal or a metal object) by controlled and repeated blows of a hammer; beat out: to hammer brass; to hammer a brass bowl.
- to form, construct, or make with or as if with a hammer; build by repeated, vigorous, or strenuous effort (often followed by out or together): to hammer out an agreement; to hammer together a plot.
- to produce with or by force (often followed by out): to hammer out a tune on the piano; to hammer a home run.
- to pound or hit forcefully: to hammer someone in the jaw.
- to settle (a strong disagreement, argument, etc.); bring to an end, as by strenuous or repeated effort (usually followed by out): They hammered out their differences over a glass of beer.
- to present (points in an argument, an idea, etc.) forcefully or compellingly; state strongly, aggressively, and effectively (often followed by home).
- to impress (something) as if by hammer blows: You'll have to hammer the rules into his head.
- (in the London stock exchange) to dismiss (a person) from membership because of default.
- to depress the price of (a stock).
- to strike blows with or as if with a hammer.
- to make persistent or laborious attempts to finish or perfect something (sometimes followed by away): He hammered away at his speech for days.
- to reiterate; emphasize by repetition (often followed by away): The teacher hammered away at the multiplication tables.
- under the hammer, for sale at public auction: The old estate and all its furnishings went under the hammer.
Origin of hammer
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Examples from the Web for hammered
Retailers were hammered by the scheme because checks and balances were scant in 2012, when the eBay grifting peaked.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
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Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor got hammered by Republican Tom Cotton.Inside the Democrats’ Godawful Midterm Election Wipeout
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Spain was hammered by the financial crisis and continues to bleed.Will Scandal Sink the Spanish Royal Family?
August 18, 2014
A controversial Obama pick for a federal judgeship got hammered by Senate Democrats in a Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday.Obama Judicial Pick Grilled By Senate Democrats
May 13, 2014
Diplomats drawn from Russia, Ukraine, the United States and the European Union hammered out the accord on April 17.Reality Check in Ukraine
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There he hammered at weapons or chains or whatever happened to be his need.Opera Stories from Wagner
Garthorne hammered on it with his fists and shouted, but there was no reply.The Missionary
“Stand away from me,” hammered de Spain, eying Morgan steadily.Nan of Music Mountain
Frank H. Spearman
They hammered each other on the back, they flung their hats into the air.Frank Merriwell's Cruise
Burt L. Standish
He hammered the Saxons into Christianity: they were Teutons and could stand it.From a Terrace in Prague
Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
- a hand tool consisting of a heavy usually steel head held transversely on the end of a handle, used for driving in nails, beating metal, etc
- any tool or device with a similar function, such as the moving part of a door knocker, the striking head on a bell, etc
- a power-driven striking tool, esp one used in forging. A pneumatic hammer delivers a repeated blow from a pneumatic ram, a drop hammer uses the energy of a falling weight
- a part of a gunlock that rotates about a fulcrum to strike the primer or percussion cap, either directly or via a firing pin
- a heavy metal ball attached to a flexible wire: thrown in competitions
- the event or sport of throwing the hammer
- an auctioneer's gavel
- a device on a piano that is made to strike a string or group of strings causing them to vibrate
- anatomy the nontechnical name for malleus
- curling the last stone thrown in an end
- go under the hammer or come under the hammer to be offered for sale by an auctioneer
- hammer and tongs with great effort or energyfighting hammer and tongs
- on someone's hammer Australian and NZ slang
- persistently demanding and critical of someone
- in hot pursuit of someone
- to strike or beat (a nail, wood, etc) with or as if with a hammer
- (tr) to shape or fashion with or as if with a hammer
- (tr; foll by in or into) to impress or force (facts, ideas, etc) into (someone) through constant repetition
- (intr) to feel or sound like hammeringhis pulse was hammering
- (intr often foll by away) to work at constantly
- (tr) British
- to question in a relentless manner
- to criticize severely
- informal to inflict a defeat on
- (tr) slang to beat, punish, or chastise
- (tr) stock exchange
- to announce the default of (a member)
- to cause prices of (securities, the market, etc) to fall by bearish selling
Word Origin and History for hammered
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.