or trip ham·mer

  1. of, resembling, or characteristic of the repetitive and forceful pounding of a triphammer: He was subjected to triphammer interrogation by the police detectives.

Origin of triphammer

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; trip1 + hammer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for triphammer

Historical Examples of triphammer

  • Then he stood upon it, his heart pounding like a triphammer.

    Tom Slade on a Transport

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • The lad's heart beat like a triphammer as he entered the tavern once more.

    The Black Buccaneer

    Stephen W. Meader

  • But I could have as soon succeeded in pulling it from beneath a triphammer.

  • Her heart was beating like a triphammer,—she felt strangely weak in the knees.

    West Wind Drift

    George Barr McCutcheon

  • Its underside buckled from triphammer contact with rock slides and a few larger logs.

    Fly By Night

    Arthur Dekker Savage

British Dictionary definitions for triphammer


  1. a power hammer that is raised or tilted by a cam and allowed to fall under gravity
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