Hammer away at

verb phrase

To persist in a line of questioning or declaration; attempt to persuade or break down by force: The prosecutor kept hammering away at the alibi/ He hammered away at my credibility (1887+)
Keep at something continuously, as in The reporters hammered away at the candidate. This phrase employs hammer in the sense of “beat repeatedly,” a usage dating from the mid-1600s.


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