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hammer at (something)

1. To strike something repeatedly The mechanic hammered at the dent in my door. I hammered at the beef with a meat tenderizer.
2. To talk about something at length, often to the listener's annoyance. Quit hammering at that topic—no one wants to hear about it anymore.
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hammer (away) at someone

Fig. to interrogate someone; to ask questions endlessly of someone. The cops kept hammering away at the suspect until he told them everything they wanted to know. They hammered at him for hours.
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hammer (away) at something

1. Lit. to continue to do a task that requires much hammering. The roofers are hammering away at the job, trying to finish before night.
2. Lit. to pound at or on something, such as a door. Who is hammering away at the door? The police are hammering at the door.
3. Fig. to dwell overly long on a point or a question. Stop hammering away at the same thing over and over. The agents asked question after question. They would not stop hammering at the issue.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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References in classic literature ?
And he hammered at me with a wigour only to be equalled by the wigour with which he didn't hammer at his anwil.
Most shooters who carry one use the cocked-and-locked mode--full magazine, cartridge in the chamber, hammer at full cock and manual safety engaged.
In fact there's hardly any need to touch the hammer at all.
These circular lines called beach mark or arrest mark obviously show fatigue fracture of hammer at the plate perpendicular to the hammer axis.
Furthermore, according to energy conservation law, after rapping, kinetic energy of the hammer at the moment of rapping converts to the energies given in relation (6) so it is possible to have strain energy produced in the hammer and system.
You can buy the DWHT51138 hammer at Home Depot for $60.
The writer notes "Louis (Mayer) invented the trip hammer at a machine shop the three (brothers) opened in 1895."
Unfortunately, as I walked around the hammer operator toward the pin, my face moved through the path of the slide hammer at the precise moment the shear pin gave way.
In most of its usage, that term denotes a part that holds the hammer at full cock until the trigger moves it to the release point.
Have the hip axis remain square across the front, while the shoulder axis turns right to pick up the hammer at its apex.
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