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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.
See also: away, hammer
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hammer away at

Keep at something continuously, as in The reporters hammered away at the candidate. This phrase employs hammer in the sense of "beat repeatedly," a usage dating from the mid-1600s.
See also: away, hammer
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.
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While he hammered away at his metals the Dog slept; but when, on the other hand, he went to dinner and began to eat, the Dog woke up and wagged his tail, as if he would ask for a share of his meal.
As soon as supper was over at night I got out my manuscripts, which I kept in great disorder, and written in several different hands on several different kinds of paper, and sawed, and filed, and hammered away at my blessed Popean heroics till nine, when I went regularly to bed, to rise again at five.
My father, Pip, he were given to drink, and when he were overtook with drink, he hammered away at my mother, most onmerciful.
Meanwhile also came the chickadees in flocks, which, picking up the crumbs the squirrels had dropped, flew to the nearest twig and, placing them under their claws, hammered away at them with their little bills, as if it were an insect in the bark, till they were sufficiently reduced for their slender throats.
While Scotland hammered away at the Irish defence on a cool, clear afternoon that defied pre-game expectations of high winds from storm Erik, the home side could not add to a single try from centre Sam Johnson.
England hammered away at Nabil Maaloul's side and shrugged off having several penalty shouts ignored to grab a vital three points.
They picked on a street and hammered and hammered away at it, and I don't think it did anyone around here any favours."
In total, 64 per cent of the road cars on offer were successfully hammered away at the home of British motorsport while a further eight competition cars were also snapped up.
Rene de Vries hammered away at the fact that he wants to maintain the vessel traffic service at the same high level, even though the safety figures are good and there are fewer ships.
Then, Aberavon hammered away at the Swansea line, but had only a Jamie Davies penalty after seven minutes to show for their efforts.
The witnesses said policemen and soldiers stood by as the activists hammered away at the roughly 2.5 meters (8-foot) high wall.
Burton hammered away at the home side without success after going behind in the sixth minute.
The England No 8 could have punched the television as he sat at home watching helplessly as Harlequins hammered away at the Blues line but could not convert their chances.
Thistle hammered away at their opponents for most of the second half but never looked likely to breaking down the stubborn Queens defence.
The teams hammered away at each other in a tense second half before England drew clear in the last 10 minutes.