hammer - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlehammering
past tensehammered
past participlehammered
  1. 1

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    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. 3
    [transitive] informal to criticize someone or something severely

    Her latest film was hammered by the critics.

  3. 4
    [intransitive] informal if rain hammers down, a lot of it falls with great force
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  4. 5
    [intransitive] informal to move or travel very fast

    Drivers hammer along this road all day.

  5. 6
    [intransitive] if your heart hammers, it has a strong fast beat, especially because you are afraid or nervous
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