hammer

[ ham-er ]
/ ˈhæm ər /
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Idioms

    under the hammer, for sale at public auction: The old estate and all its furnishings went under the hammer.

Origin of hammer

before 1000; Middle English hamer, Old English hamor; cognate with German Hammer hammer, Old Norse hamarr hammer, crag; orig. made of stone; probably akin to Russian kámen' stone
SYNONYMS FOR hammer
12, 13 knock, bang.
13 strike.
Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for under the hammer

hammer

/ (ˈhæmə) /

noun

verb

See also hammer out
Derived Formshammerer, nounhammer-like, adjective

Word Origin for hammer

Old English hamor; related to Old Norse hamarr crag, Old High German hamar hammer, Old Slavonic kamy stone
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Medicine definitions for under the hammer

hammer

[ hămər ]

n.

malleus
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Idioms and Phrases with under the hammer (1 of 2)

under the hammer


For sale, as in These paintings and Oriental rugs must come under the hammer if we're to pay the mortgage. This expression alludes to the auctioneer's hammer, which is rapped to indicate a completed transaction. [Mid-1800s]

Idioms and Phrases with under the hammer (2 of 2)

hammer


In addition to the idioms beginning with hammer

  • hammer and tongs
  • hammer away at
  • hammer out

also see:

  • under the hammer
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