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English definition of “hammer”

hammer

verb [I or T, usually + adv/prep] (USE TOOL)    /ˈhæm.ər/ US  //
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).Hitting and beatingPunishing by causing pain
(Definition of hammer verb (USE TOOL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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