hammer at (something)

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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