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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
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hammer noun [C] (SPORT)

a heavy metal ball attached to a chain that is thrown as part of a sports eventthe 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.
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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