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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

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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.
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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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Although violence one robber a sledgehammer warn shopkeeper Judge Kevin Batch, mitigating for Farrell-Blake, said: "She is a woman of previous good character and is a devoted mother.
"Although no violence was used, one robber did raise a sledgehammer to warn the shopkeeper off.
no was used, did raise sledgehammer to the off Baxter "The robbery has had a devastating effect on them and their business." Almaruf, of Middleton Avenue, Oldham, was sentenced to 10 years for his role in the conspiracy and Askhor, of Sherwood Street, Oldham, was jailed for seven and a half years.
"One had a sledgehammer and the others were carrying baseball bats and sticks.
A BRAVE jeweller came face to face with masked raiders armed with a sledgehammer.
"The other one then came in the shop and started waving his sledgehammer.
IT worker Ryan Shipley, 23, said he saw three superbikes with five men dressed in black, armed with sledgehammers.
He said: "The bikes mounted the pavement and the guys with the sledgehammers jumped off and started trying to smash the windows of Ernest Jones.
"A middle-aged builder in a highvis jacket then pushed one of them and they had a stand-off but the robber threatened him with the sledgehammer to warn him off." He said passers-by started directing traffic to try to block the bikes.
They used sledgehammers to smash through an entry door into a booth where Kamaljit Chauhan was sitting.
"They looked like they took a lot of jewellery, which was loaded into sports holdalls." The gang waited until the shop opened at 10am, when two smashed their way inside and threatened the manager with a sledgehammer.
BRAZEN Bike gang raid Oxford Street jewellers yesterday; HEIST DRAMA Robbers smashed store window and grabbed jewellery before ditching sledgehammer and escaping on bikes
One crook threatened her with his sledgehammer. But Margaret stood her ground and hurled her mop at him.
"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 .
Activision also confirmed that Aaron Halon will now lead Sledgehammer Games.