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come under the hammer

To be put up for or sold at auction. Primarily heard in US. The banker's family estate had to come under the hammer to cover some of his mounting debt.
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come under the hammer

 and go under the hammer
Fig. [for something] to be auctioned. The house at the corner is coming under the hammer next week. The repossessed farm will go under the hammer.
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