hammer out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyhammer out
he/she/ithammers out
present participlehammering out
past tensehammered out
past participlehammered out
  1. to reach a decision or agreement after discussing it or arguing about it for a long time

    A new deal was hammered out between the two banks.

See also main entry: hammer