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verb     hammer pronunciation in British English
/ˈhæmə(r)/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhammer
he/she/ithammers
present participlehammering
past tensehammered
past participlehammered
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive]Sound effect to hit something with a hammer

    Hammer the pegs into the wooden flooring.

    Someone was hammering in the cellar.

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    1. a.
      to hit something hard or many times
      hammer on/at/into:

      Some of the patients were shouting and hammering on the walls.

      Owen hammered the ball into the back of the net.

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  2. 2
    [transitive] informal to defeat an opponent easily
  3. 3
    [transitive] informal to criticize someone or something severely

    Her latest film was hammered by the critics.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] informal if rain hammers down, a lot of it falls with great force
  5. 5
    [intransitive] informal to move or travel very fast

    Drivers hammer along this road all day.

  6. 6
    [intransitive] if your heart hammers, it has a strong fast beat, especially because you are afraid or nervous
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