Armand hammer

Armand, 1898–1990, U.S. businessman and art patron.
Contemporary Examples

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a hand tool consisting of a heavy usually steel head held transversely on the end of a handle, used for driving in nails, beating metal, etc
any tool or device with a similar function, such as the moving part of a door knocker, the striking head on a bell, etc
a power-driven striking tool, esp one used in forging. A pneumatic hammer delivers a repeated blow from a pneumatic ram, a drop hammer uses the energy of a falling weight
a part of a gunlock that rotates about a fulcrum to strike the primer or percussion cap, either directly or via a firing pin

a heavy metal ball attached to a flexible wire: thrown in competitions
the event or sport of throwing the hammer

an auctioneer’s gavel
a device on a piano that is made to strike a string or group of strings causing them to vibrate
(anatomy) the nontechnical name for malleus
(curling) the last stone thrown in an end
go under the hammer, come under the hammer, to be offered for sale by an auctioneer
hammer and tongs, with great effort or energy: fighting hammer and tongs
(Austral & NZ, slang) on someone’s hammer

persistently demanding and critical of someone
in hot pursuit of someone

to strike or beat (a nail, wood, etc) with or as if with a hammer
(transitive) to shape or fashion with or as if with a hammer
(transitive; foll by in or into) to impress or force (facts, ideas, etc) into (someone) through constant repetition
(intransitive) to feel or sound like hammering: his pulse was hammering
(intransitive) often foll by away. to work at constantly
(transitive) (Brit)

to question in a relentless manner
to criticize severely

(informal) to inflict a defeat on
(transitive) (slang) to beat, punish, or chastise
(transitive) (stock exchange)

to announce the default of (a member)
to cause prices of (securities, the market, etc) to fall by bearish selling


Old English hamor “hammer,” from Proto-Germanic *hamaraz (cf. Old Saxon hamur, Middle Dutch, Dutch hamer, Old High German hamar, German Hammer. The Old Norse cognate hamarr meant “stone, crag” (it’s common in English place names), and suggests an original sense of “tool with a stone head,” from PIE *akmen “stone, sharp stone used as a tool” (cf. Old Church Slavonic kamy, Russian kameni “stone”), from root *ak- “sharp” (see acme). Hammer and sickle as an emblem of Soviet communism attested from 1921, symbolizing industrial and agricultural labor.

late 14c., from hammer (n.). Meaning “to work (something) out laboriously” recorded from 1580s. Meaning “to defeat heavily” is from 1948. Related: Hammered; hammering. Hammered as a slang synonym for “drunk” attested by 1986.

hammer ham·mer (hām’ər)
See malleus.


A sexually desirable woman; fox •Regarded by some women as offensive (1960s+ Black)
The accelerator of a truck (1960+ Truckers)
The penis: How’s your hammer hangin’, Tiger? (1960s+)


To denigrate severely; dump on: You can be playing outside the pearly gates and you’re still going to get hammered (1900+)
To beat down the price of a stock: Beverly’s stock was being hammered by the company’s persistent losses (1846+ Stock market)

(1.) Heb. pattish, used by gold-beaters (Isa. 41:7) and by quarry-men (Jer. 23:29). Metaphorically of Babylon (Jer. 50:23) or Nebuchadnezzar. (2.) Heb. makabah, a stone-cutter’s mallet (1 Kings 6:7), or of any workman (Judg. 4:21; Isa. 44:12). (3.) Heb. halmuth, a poetical word for a workman’s hammer, found only in Judg. 5:26, where it denotes the mallet with which the pins of the tent of the nomad are driven into the ground. (4.) Heb. mappets, rendered “battle-axe” in Jer. 51:20. This was properly a “mace,” which is thus described by Rawlinson: “The Assyrian mace was a short, thin weapon, and must either have been made of a very tough wood or (and this is more probable) of metal. It had an ornamented head, which was sometimes very beautifully modelled, and generally a strap or string at the lower end by which it could be grasped with greater firmness.”

hammer and tongs
hammer away at
hammer out

also see:
under the hammer

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