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A sledgehammer

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sledge +‎ hammer



sledgehammer (plural sledgehammers)

  1. A hammer that consists of a large, heavy, broad and flat block of metal (the head) attached to a handle typically 0.5 meter to 1 meter long. The sledgehammer's design is meant to allow it to be swung powerfully, and to distribute force over a wide area upon impact.

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sledgehammer (third-person singular simple present sledgehammers, present participle sledgehammering, simple past and past participle sledgehammered)

  1. To strike with a sledgehammer.
    • 2009 February 22, Jane And Michael Stern, “Nirvana Express”, in New York Times[1]:
      She’s trying to piece together shards of precious pottery gleefully sledgehammered by a delegation led by the Taliban’s minister of culture, who deemed the world’s greatest collection of Central Asian artifacts un-Islamic.

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