Meaning of “a sledgehammer to crack a nut” in the English Dictionary

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"a sledgehammer to crack a nut" in British English

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a sledgehammer to crack a nut

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If you use a sledgehammer to crack a nut, you use much more force than is needed:

50 police officers to arrest two unarmed men is surely using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

(Definition of “a sledgehammer to crack a nut” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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