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.
[ham-er-beem] /ˈhæm ərˌbim/ noun, Architecture. 1. a short wooden beam projecting from an interior wall to support or tie together rafters or arched roof braces.
[ham-er-klawth, -kloth] /ˈhæm ərˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/ noun, plural hammercloths [ham-er-klawth z, -kloth z, -klawths, -kloths] /ˈhæm ərˌklɔðz, -ˌklɒðz, -ˌklɔθs, -ˌklɒθs/ (Show IPA) 1. a cloth covering for the driver’s seat on a horse-drawn carriage.
- Hammer drill
noun 1. a rock drill operated by compressed air in which the boring bit is not attached to the reciprocating piston 2. an electric hand drill providing hammering in addition to rotating action
[ham-erd] /ˈhæm ərd/ adjective 1. shaped, formed, or ornamented by a metalworker’s : a hammered bowl of brass; hammered gold. [ham-er] /ˈhæm ər/ noun 1. a tool consisting of a solid head, usually of metal, set crosswise on a handle, used for beating metals, driving nails, etc. 2. any of various instruments or devices resembling […]