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a sledgehammer to crack a nut

disapproving
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.
Translations of “a sledgehammer to crack a nut”
in Chinese (Traditional) 殺雞用牛刀, 小題大做…
in Chinese (Simplified) 杀鸡用牛刀, 小题大做…
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