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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] 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.
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  4. 4
    [intransitive] informal if rain hammers down, a lot of it falls with great force
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  5. 5
    [intransitive] informal to move or travel very fast
    Drivers hammer along this road all day.
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