use a sledgehammer to crack a nut

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use a sledgehammer to crack a nut

  1. (idiomatic) To use significantly excessive force to carry out an action; to do something overzealously
    • 2010 September 21, “'A sledgehammer to crack a nut': Three police officers and a patrol car rush to... children playing football in the street”, in Daily Mail[1]:
      Today, Mr Worthington, an engineer, said: 'Sending three officers over simply to give a warning about kids playing football in the street is like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

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