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English definition of “sledgehammer”

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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