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English definition of “hammering”

hammering

noun [S] uk   /ˈhæm.ər.ɪŋ/ us    /-ɚ-/

hammering noun [S] (DEFEAT)

an occasion when someone is defeated completely: You should have seen the hammering I gave her in the second game. Both countries took a tremendous hammering in the war.

hammering noun [S] (CRITICIZE)

strong criticism: Store cards have taken a hammering in recent years because of their high interest rates.
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