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jackhammer

[jak-ham-er]
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noun
  1. a portable drill operated by compressed air and used to drill rock, break up pavement, etc.
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Origin of jackhammer

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30; jack1 + hammer
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Related Words for jackhammer

shoot, knock, plunge, run, beat, strike, throw, auger, punch, implement, bit, gimlet, trephine, trepan, borer, riveter, awl, wimble, corkscrew, jackhammer

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Historical Examples of jackhammer

  • They began knocking scales loose with the jackhammer and cutting into the leathery skin underneath with sonocutters.

    Four-Day Planet

    Henry Beam Piper

  • The noise a jackhammer makes isn't pleasant at all, but if it doesn't make that noise, you figure it isn't functioning properly.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire

    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for jackhammer

jackhammer

noun
  1. a hand-held hammer drill, driven by compressed air, for drilling rocks, etc
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Word Origin and History for jackhammer

n.

also jack hammer, 1903, from jack (n.) + hammer (n.). As a verb by 1965.

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