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sledgehammer (plural sledgehammers)
- 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.
kind of hammer
- To strike with a sledgehammer.
2009 February 22, Jane And Michael Stern, “Nirvana Express”, in New York Times:
- 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.