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sledge-hammer argument

A strong argument that eliminates all opposition. I really want to win the debate next week, so I'm preparing a real sledge-hammer argument.
See also: argument

use a sledgehammer to crack a nut

To use excessive, overcomplicated, or extravagant means or force to accomplish something relatively minor or simple. With this new system of issuing licenses, the government is using a sledgehammer to crack a nut: four separate departments now handle each stage of an application, when a single department could easily process applications from start to finish.
See also: crack, nut, sledgehammer, use

take a sledgehammer to crack a nut

To take excessive, overcomplicated, or extravagant means or force to accomplish something relatively minor or simple. With this new system of issuing licenses, the government has taken a sledgehammer to crack a nut: four separate departments now handle each stage of an application, when a single department could easily process applications from start to finish.
See also: crack, nut, sledgehammer, take

a sledgehammer to crack a nut

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If someone uses a sledgehammer to crack a nut, they use methods to solve a problem that are far more extreme than is necessary. The widespread campaign by the government to reduce childhood obesity is, she says, using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Bankers say that the proposed law is a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Note: People sometimes replace sledgehammer with hammer. Robbins's film takes a large hammer to crack a familiar nut. Compare with be breaking a butterfly on a wheel. Note: A sledgehammer is a large heavy hammer which is used for smashing rocks and concrete.
See also: crack, nut, sledgehammer

take (or use) a sledgehammer to crack a nut

use disproportionately forceful means to achieve a simple objective.
A sledgehammer is a large, heavy hammer used for such jobs as breaking up rocks and driving in fence posts.
1998 New Scientist Fighting tooth decay by annihilating mostly harmless bacteria in your mouth is like taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
See also: crack, nut, sledgehammer, take

use a ˌsledgehammer to crack a ˈnut

use more force than is necessary: It was a small and peaceful demonstration so I don’t know why there was such a big police presence. It was like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
See also: crack, nut, sledgehammer, use
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A middle-aged builder in a highvis jacket then pushed one of them and they had a stand-off but the robber threatened him with the sledgehammer to warn him off.
Mr Shipley said the last robber dropped his sledgehammer, took off his helmet, and ran off, dropping jewellery as he escaped.
car show are invited to ``take a whack at cancer,'' to swing a sledgehammer at the car - for a fee.
You have to fracture it with a sledgehammer and baseball bat.
Hammer, a brand of StreamLogic, Tuesday announced the addition of higher-capacity drives to the HammerDAT, Hammer, SledgeHammer and SledgeHammer-Pro families of drives, as well as adding the faster- reading Hammer CD 2x/6x compact disk recorder.
The SledgeHammer 44000 PCI UWD (two-drive array), the SledgeHammer 88000 PCI II Ultra Wide Differential (four-drive array) and the SledgeHammer 88000 PCI DC Ultra Wide Differential (four-drive array) are fixed arrays.
Feb 1997 $ 5,009 SledgeHammer 44000 PCI UWD (2 drives) 43.
Hammer products include SledgeHammer disk arrays; SledgeHammer-Pro disk arrays; Hammer, Hammer-PE, PocketHammer and HammerPB hard drives; HammerDisk magneto-optical removable drives; HammerTape, HammerDAT and HammerDLT tape backup systems; and the SCSI JackHammer accelerator boards for PCI and NuBus.
Following the incredible success of Call of Duty: WWII, Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey have decided to transition from their duties at Sledgehammer Games to new executive duties inside Activision," Activision said in a  statement shared by (https://kotaku.
Activision also confirmed that Aaron Halon will now lead Sledgehammer Games.
Sledgehammer Games was founded back in 2009 and was purchased shortly thereafter by Activision.
We thank Activision for the wonderful opportunity to create and lead Sledgehammer Games," Schofield said.
com) has acquired two new Sledgehammer NAS systems for its computer graphics department.
The visual effects facility's second Sledgehammer was purchased in support of their work on one of this summer's visual effects blockbusters.
Sledgehammer had already proved itself in terms of performance and reliability on "Sesame Street 4D Movie Magic" for Universal Studios theme parks.