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a sledgehammer to crack a nut

UK disapproving If you use a sledgehammer to ​crack a ​nut, you use much more ​force than is ​needed: 50 ​policeofficers 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)
Translations of “a sledgehammer to crack a nut”
in Chinese (Simplified) 杀鸡用牛刀, 小题大做…
in Chinese (Traditional) 殺雞用牛刀, 小題大做…
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