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hammer away at (someone)

To intensely or vigorously interrogate someone. My parents wouldn't stop hammering away at me with questions as I was heading out the door—I thought I'd never be able to leave! Would you stop hammering away at me with questions? I don't know where he is!
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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Thus, the vigour and perseverance with which I have for some months past been collecting materials for, and hammering away at, a new book on America has much astonished me; seeing that all that time my declaration has been perfectly well known to my publishers on both sides of the Atlantic, that no consideration on earth would induce me to write one.
After the fourth night out, when his will suddenly softened under his hands, he had been continually hammering away at himself.
Poet and artist Khavn dela Cruz, who also plays with the Brockas, began literally hammering away at the keys of an old piano with...
A third say she should keep hammering away at the EU to get the best deal for Britain.
And the home side went 6-0 up soon after when Lewis kicked another after a long period hammering away at the visitors' try-line.
Any opportunity you get be it for the Lions, in the North v South or a T20, you need to make sure you take that chance and that you're hammering away at the door."
HERE'S some bad news for Ireland - Italy boss Antonio Conte has been hammering away at his squad and ordering them to finish off Group E with a third successive victory.
Winning captain Lockyer said: "Cardiff did not give any quarter and they kept hammering away at us until the final whistle.
and Virgins kept up the furious pace, with Grainge r pounding seven shades out of his kit as he barked out the lyrics, while Cheap Talk saw him hammering away at the cowbel l for the first, but certainly not last, time of the night much to the crowd's delight.
Trian Fund Management, which holds about a 2.7 percent stake in DuPont, has been hammering away at the 200-year-old, $67.5 billion chemical company for almost two years now, pushing to split it in two.
But most people think mowing, strimming, hedge trimming, letting the children out to play and even hammering away at DIY chores is OK after 10am.
He is heard and seen daily on various media outlets hammering away at the lack of transparency from the Palestinian minister of finance or the prime minister in regards to the government's financial status.
While many SEO firms are still hammering away at businesses to sign up for their various services via spammy emails, sponsored links, and pushy telemarketer, Re-Evolution SEO has seen the future of the Search Engine Optimization/Marketing field.
"As Judith Martin, who doles out etiquette advice as 'Miss Manners,' told The New York Times last year in an article on the disappearing telephone call, 'I've been hammering away at this for decades.
If the honeycomb behind the rubber pad looks like a woodpecker's been hammering away at it, clean, inspect and repair minor damage like it says in Task 2-2-80 and 2-2-81 of TM 1-1520-248-23, EM 0246.