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Topic: WEAPONS

Language: Old English
Origin: hamor

hammer

1 noun
     
hammer
ham‧mer1 [countable]
1

tool

a) TZ a tool with a heavy metal part on a long handle, used for hitting nails into wood
b) TZ a tool like this with a wooden head used to make something flat, make a noise etc:
an auctioneer's hammer
2

come/go under the hammer

to be offered for sale at an auction
3

hammer blow

British English an event that damages something very seriously
hammer blow for
The decision is a hammer blow for the coal industry.
4

hammer and tongs

informal
a) if people go at each other hammer and tongs, they fight or argue very loudly
b) if someone does something hammer and tongs, they do it with all their energy
5

gun

PMW the part of a gun that hits the explosive charge that fires a bullet
6

sport

DS a heavy metal ball on a wire with a handle at the end, which you throw as far as possible as a sport
7

piano

APM a wooden part of a piano that hits the strings inside to make a musical sound
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