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come under the hammer
To be put up for or sold at auction. The banker's family estate had to come under the hammer to cover some of his mounting debt.
come under the hammerand 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.
come (or go) under the hammerbe sold at an auction.
come/go under the ˈhammerbe offered for sale at an auction (= a sale at which things are sold to the person who offers the most money): The house and all its contents are to come under the hammer next Thursday.
The person in charge of an auction hits the table with a hammer to show that he/she has accepted the highest offer.