a long, heavy hammer, usually held with both hands
Origin of sledgehammersee sledge
to strike with or as with a sledgehammer
A long heavy hammer, often wielded with both hands, used for driving wedges and posts and for other heavy work.
transitive verbsledge·ham·mered, sledge·ham·mer·ing, sledge·ham·mers
To strike with or as if with a sledgehammer.
Ruthlessly severe; crushing: sledgehammer prosecutorial tactics.
Origin of sledgehammerMiddle English slegge (from Old English slecg) + hammer.
(third-person singular simple present sledgehammers, present participle sledgehammering, simple past and past participle sledgehammered)
- To strike with a sledgehammer.