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A long heavy hammer, often wielded with both hands, used for driving wedges and posts and for other heavy work.
tr.v. sledge·ham·mered, sledge·ham·mer·ing, sledge·ham·mers
To strike with or as if with a sledgehammer.
Ruthlessly severe; crushing: sledgehammer prosecutorial tactics.
[Middle English slegge (from Old English slecg) + hammer.]
1. (Tools) a large heavy hammer with a long handle used with both hands for heavy work such as forging iron, breaking rocks, etc
2. (modifier) resembling the action of a sledgehammer in power, ruthlessness, etc: a sledgehammer blow.
(tr) to strike (something) with or as if with a sledgehammer
[C15 sledge, from Old English slecg a large hammer; related to Old Norse sleggja, Middle Dutch slegge]
1. a large heavy hammer wielded with both hands.v.t., v.i.
2. to hammer, beat, or strike with or as if with a sledgehammer.adj.
3. overly forceful.
Past participle: sledgehammered
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|Noun||1.||sledgehammer - a heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges|
hammer - a hand tool with a heavy rigid head and a handle; used to deliver an impulsive force by striking
|Verb||1.||sledgehammer - beat with a sledgehammer|
hammer - beat with or as if with a hammer; "hammer the metal flat"