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sledge-hammer argument

A strong argument that eliminates all opposition. I really want to win the debate next week, so I'm preparing a real sledge-hammer argument.
See also: argument

use a sledgehammer to crack a nut

To use excessive, overcomplicated, or extravagant means or force to accomplish something relatively minor or simple. With this new system of issuing licenses, the government is using a sledgehammer to crack a nut: four separate departments now handle each stage of an application, when a single department could easily process applications from start to finish.
See also: crack, nut, sledgehammer, use

take a sledgehammer to crack a nut

To take excessive, overcomplicated, or extravagant means or force to accomplish something relatively minor or simple. With this new system of issuing licenses, the government has taken a sledgehammer to crack a nut: four separate departments now handle each stage of an application, when a single department could easily process applications from start to finish.
See also: crack, nut, sledgehammer, take

a sledgehammer to crack a nut

BRITISH
If someone uses a sledgehammer to crack a nut, they use methods to solve a problem that are far more extreme than is necessary. The widespread campaign by the government to reduce childhood obesity is, she says, using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Bankers say that the proposed law is a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Note: People sometimes replace sledgehammer with hammer. Robbins's film takes a large hammer to crack a familiar nut. Compare with be breaking a butterfly on a wheel. Note: A sledgehammer is a large heavy hammer which is used for smashing rocks and concrete.
See also: crack, nut, sledgehammer

take (or use) a sledgehammer to crack a nut

use disproportionately forceful means to achieve a simple objective.
A sledgehammer is a large, heavy hammer used for such jobs as breaking up rocks and driving in fence posts.
1998 New Scientist Fighting tooth decay by annihilating mostly harmless bacteria in your mouth is like taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
See also: crack, nut, sledgehammer, take

use a ˌsledgehammer to crack a ˈnut

use more force than is necessary: It was a small and peaceful demonstration so I don’t know why there was such a big police presence. It was like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.
See also: crack, nut, sledgehammer, use
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We thank Activision for the wonderful opportunity to create and lead Sledgehammer Games," Schofield said.
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ARMED raiders with sledgehammers and baseball bats smashed their way into a shop and threatened staff before making off with a haul of cigarettes.
Meanwhile, Sledgehammer wanted to steer clear of the fixed-season model.
He handed over his cash box to the men who then smashed it open with the sledgehammer before escaping with the cash in a blue Ford Sierra.
AMD) has outlined its strategy: a processor code named Sledgehammer that company officials said will be able to run both 32-bit and 64-bit applications.
The factory velocity from 22" barrels for the 2 3/4 Sledgehammer loading is 1,640 fps and for the 3" Magnum, 1,900 fps.
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc is working with Concord, Massachusetts-based Alpha Processor Inc on the system bus architecture to be used first in its 64-bit Sledgehammer system bus architecture, disclosed earlier this week.
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2) For its full impact, investigators should use the feather touch to explain suspects' psychological states before offenders have the opportunity to address these issues themselves, as illustrated in the following examples contrasting the sledgehammer and feather approaches with Brad.