Definition of Sledgehammer

1. Noun. A heavy long-handled hammer used to drive stakes or wedges.

Exact synonyms: Maul, Sledge
Generic synonyms: Hammer
Derivative terms: Maul, Sledge



2. Verb. Beat with a sledgehammer.
Exact synonyms: Sledge
Generic synonyms: Hammer
Derivative terms: Sledge

Definition of Sledgehammer

1. Noun. A hammer that consists of a large, heavy, broad and flat block of metal (the head) attached to a handle typically 0.5 meter to 1 meter long. The sledgehammer's design is meant to allow it to be swung powerfully, and to distribute force over a wide area upon impact. ¹

2. Verb. To strike with a sledgehammer. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sledgehammer

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sledgehammer

sled
sled dog
sled dogs
sledded
sledder
sledders
sledding
sleddings
sleddog
sleddogs
sleded
sledge
sledge dog
sledge hockey
sledged
sledgehammer (current term)
sledgehammered
sledgehammering
sledgehammers
sledgelike
sledger
sledgers
sledges
sledging
sledgings
sledlike
sleds
slee
sleech
sleeches

Literary usage of Sledgehammer

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1. History of San Diego, 1542-1908: An Account of the Rise and Progress of the by William Ellsworth Smythe (1907)
"Failure was due, in the first instance, to the panic of 1873; then, to the sledgehammer blows which Huntington rained upon his rival, Scott, ..."

2. Adventure Guide China by Simon Foster (2008)
"From Pule you can hike, or take the cable car up to sledgehammer Rock (see below). ... East of town, sledgehammer Rock's bizarrely eroded shape is another ..."

3. Aerial Interdiction: Air Power and the Land Battle in Three American Wars by Mark (1995)
"This operation, sledgehammer, was designed only to seize a beachhead. An invasion in overwhelming force, ROUNDUP, was to follow in April 1943. ..."

4. American Airpower Comes of Age: General Henry H. "Hap" Arnold's World War II by Henry Harley Arnold, John W. Huston (2001)
"It was not illogical that King and those responsible for defense of the Pacific area assumed that, since the sledgehammer invasion of the European continent ..."

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