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hammer

noun [C] uk   /ˈhæm.ər/ us    //

hammer noun [C] (TOOL)

B2 a tool consisting of a piece of metal with a flat end that is fixed onto the end of a long, thin, usually wooden handle, used for hitting things

hammer noun [C] (SPORT)

a heavy metal ball attached to a chain that is thrown as part of a sports event the hammer the event or sport in which a hammer is thrown as far as possible: She qualified for the women's hammer final.

hammer noun [C] (PART OF GUN)

the part of a gun that hits another part when you pull the trigger to send out the bullet

hammer noun [C] (PART OF PIANO)

one of the parts of a piano that hits the strings to make a sound

hammer

verb uk   /ˈhæm.ər/ us    //

hammer verb (USE TOOL)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to hit something with a hammer: Can you hold this nail in position while I hammer it into the door? I could hear you hammering upstairs. My car's got a dent, and I was hoping they'd be able to hammer it out (= remove it by hammering).

hammer verb (HIT WITH FORCE)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to hit or kick something with a lot of force: I was woken up suddenly by the sound of someone hammering on/at the front door. He hammered the ball into the net, giving France a 3–2 win over Italy.

hammer verb (DEFEAT)

[T] informal to defeat someone completely in a game or a fight: We were hammered in both games.

hammer verb (CRITICIZE)

[T] informal to criticize someone or something strongly: Her latest film has been hammered by the critics.
(Definition of hammer from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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