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sledgehammer

noun [C]     /ˈsledʒˌhæm.ər/ US  //
a large, heavy hammer with a long handle, used for breaking stones or other heavy material, or for hitting posts into the ground, etc.ToolsGardening tools describes a way of behaving that is too forceful: They accused the prime minister of using sledgehammer tactics.Too much and unnecessary
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