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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

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

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

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.
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In initial remarks after the high court announced its decision, Ecelik said: "Acting as if the Sledgehammer [plot] does not exist is simply lying to yourself and an insult to the Turkish people's intelligence.
After authorities received reports overnight of the sledgehammer attack in north Birmingham, a similar episode was reported nearby, according to the West Midlands Police.
Approaching the furniture store, he looks set to go for the door and goes to lift the sledgehammer to smash it in.
"I was searching ebay to find specific movie props from the film and all of a sudden there was the Sledgehammer, up and for auction on ebay."
"Following the incredible success of Call of Duty: WWII, Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey have decided to transition from their duties at Sledgehammer Games to new executive duties inside Activision," Activision said in a  statement shared by (https://kotaku.com/call-of-duty-studio-sledgehammers-co-founders-leave-com-1823171186) Kotaku .
The defendant said he did not own a sledgehammer. He admitted a public order offence at Wern Ucha in Bagillt, where he was then staying.
Shop owner John McGowan, 32, who took over last August, said: "They used a sledgehammer to the door.
The man wearing a hoodie and gloves entered the kiosk on Faneromeni Avenue at around 4.40am holding the sledgehammer and a bag.
This meant he had breached a suspended sentence for affray committed in August last year when he smashed Mrs Wood's home in MacDonald Road, Ely, Cardiff, with a sledgehammer.
CCTV footage, passed to Merseyside Police, shows three men using a sledgehammer and a crowbar to smash the front doors of the centre.
Bilgin Balanly, who was arrested in May 2011 as part of the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup attempt case, has said the latest remarks by President Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an saying he had been deceived by those who carried out the Ergenekon and Sledgehammer coup plot investigations are meaningless as Erdoy-an intends to gain political benefit from them.
With Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare featuring Arabic subtitles, Arabic gamers can fully experience the compelling campaign narrative penned by the storytellers at Sledgehammer Games, along with the immersive next generation gameplay experience, the company says."We are delighted to work with Activision and Sledgehammer Games to bring to gamers in the MENA region a localised version of Call of Duty.
Burglars used sledgehammer in bid to break down the front door of house.
THE Racing Post's David Ashforth will be cracking walnuts with a sledgehammer at 3pm today in Holborn, London, in support of Prostate Cancer UK's Sledgehammer Fund.