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hammer

noun [C]  /ˈhæm·ər/ us  
a tool with a heavy metal top attached to a straight handle, used for hitting an object such as a nail into a substance that holds it firmly in place

hammer

verb [I/T]  /ˈhæm·ər/ us  
to hit something repeatedly with, or as if with, a hammer: [T] I hammered the nail into the wall. To hammer is also to repeat again and again esp. to persuade other people about something: [I always + adv/prep] Martin Luther King, Jr., hammered at the theme that the civil rights movement must avoid violence. [I always + adv/prep] His attorneys hammered away at the idea that the police department was incompetent.
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Translations of “hammer”
in Korean 망치…
in Arabic مِطْرَقة…
in French marteau…
in Turkish çekiç…
in Italian martello…
in Chinese (Traditional) 鎚,鐵鎚…
in Russian молоток…
in Polish młotek…
in Spanish martillo, macillo…
in Portuguese martelo…
in German der Hammer, der Klöppel, der Wurfhammer…
in Catalan martell…
in Japanese 金づち, ハンマー…
in Chinese (Simplified) 锤子,榔头…
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