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1. slang To attack (someone) relentlessly and aggressively. Their offense has been hammering the opposition all game long. The enemy has been hammering us with bombardments for two days straight.
2. slang To defeat (someone) very thoroughly or decisively. They ended up hammering the other team 45–10.
3. slang In cycling, to pedal very quickly and aggressively, especially in higher gears. I hammered for the last two hours to Lyon in an attempt to make up lost time.
hammer (something) home
To make something extremely clear; to make someone understand or realize something, especially through forceful repetition. (Can also be constructed as "hammer home (something).") John hammers their financial difficulties home whenever his wife suggests they buy something new. She needs to hammer home the fact that she was cleared of all charges before the election began.
hammer (something) onto (something)
To attach something onto something else by striking it repeatedly (not necessarily with an actual hammer). We need to hammer this board onto the frame.
See also: hammer
hammer a beer
slang To drink a glass, can, or bottle of beer very quickly. He can hammer some beers and not feel a thing.
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.
See also: hammer
To work hard on something persistently over time. Yes, we're still trying to hammer away the details of this contract.
hammer away at (something)
1. To strike something repeatedly The mechanic hammered away at the dent in my door. I hammered away at the beef with a meat tenderizer.
2. To work hard on something persistently over time. Yes, we're still hammering away at the details of this contract.
3. To talk about something at length, often to the listener's annoyance. Quit hammering away at that topic—no one wants to hear about it anymore.
To use a hammer to fix something in place and/or make it even with the area around it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hammer" and "down." Hey, hammer down these tiles before someone trips!
1. verb To strike someone or something repeatedly. Quit hammering on your little brother, Billy! Who's hammering on the front door at this ungodly hour?
2. verb To secure something onto something else by striking it repeatedly (not necessarily with an actual hammer). In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hammer" and "on." We need to hammer on this board now.
3. verb When playing a stringed instrument (typically a guitar), to pick a note and then bring one's finger down upon another note on the fingerboard, in order to change the original note. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. Hammer-on that note—it'll sound better.
4. noun The act of doing this with the fingers while playing a stringed instrument. In this usage, the phrase is usually hyphenated. No, you need to do a hammer-on here—that's why it's not sounding quite right.
1. To strike something repeatedly in order to remove a dent from it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hammer" and "out." I'm sure my mechanic could hammer out that dent in your door.
2. To strike something, typically a metal, repeatedly in order to stretch it out and make it thinner. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hammer" and "out." We need to hammer out the iron before we can use it in this project.
3. To come to an agreement after lengthy deliberation or discussion. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hammer" and "out." We're still trying to hammer out the details of this contract.
4. To play something on the piano. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hammer" and "out." I wonder how many lessons I'll need before I can hammer out an actual song.
hammer some beers
slang To drink glasses, cans, or bottles of beer very quickly. I'd rather just hang out at home and hammer some beers while I watch the game. He can hammer some beers and not feel a thing.
the nail that sticks out gets hammered down
proverb Someone who attracts attention in a group for being different is liable to be criticized, reproached, or otherwise brought into conformity with the others. Individuality is not welcome at that company. The nail that sticks out gets hammered down.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
hammer on someone or something
to pound on someone or something. The cop hammered on the poor man over and over. Sharon hammered on the door for a long time.
hammer something down
to pound something down even with the surrounding surface. Hammer all the nails down so that none of them will catch on someone's shoe. Hammer down all these nails!
hammer something out
1. Lit. to hammer a dent away; to make a dent even with the surrounding surface. I'm going to have to have someone hammer this dent in my fender out. It will take a while to hammer out the dent.
2. Lit. to expand something by hammering it thinner. He hammered the gold out into a very thin sheet. He hammered out the gold into thin sheets.
3. Fig. to arrive at an agreement through argument and negotiation. The two parties could not hammer a contract out. At last, we were able to hammer out an agreement.
4. Fig. to play something on the piano. She hammered the song out loudly and without feeling. Listen to John hammer out that song on the piano.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Work out with considerable effort, as in It took weeks of negotiations to hammer out an acceptable compromise. This usage likens intellectual effort to shaping metal with the blows of a hammer. [Mid-1700s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To pound on something with loud, repeated blows: The kids hammered away at the door until I let them in.
2. To work at something with determination for an extended period: We hammered away on our proposal all night.
3. To talk about something to an excessive and tedious degree: The committee hammered away at the same subject for hours.
1. To expand the surface area of something, as a metal, by striking it with a hammer: The artisan hammered out the copper plate before engraving it. The blacksmith started by hammering the iron out.
2. To arrive at some agreement after much discussion, argument or negotiation: The warring nations finally hammered out a treaty. The manager hammered a vacation schedule out that everyone liked.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
n. the accelerator of a vehicle. She pressed down the hammer, and off they went.
mod. alcohol intoxicated. Man, old Fred was really hammered.
hammer a beerverb
hammer some beersverb
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.