Meaning of jackhammer in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdʒakhamə/

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mainly North American
  • A portable pneumatic hammer or drill.

    ‘Landon cracked his eyes open and grimaced in pain from the pounding headache; like an incessant jackhammer drilling into his skull at all angles.’
    • ‘In Taba, where the blast brought down a 10-storey wing of the resort, Egyptian and Israeli rescuers used everything from jackhammers and drills to dogs and bare hands to search the wreckage.’
    • ‘In a quiet sidestreet, at 3am, someone was running a bloody jackhammer, drilling up the tarmac.’
    • ‘They are doing alterations in my office building, and there is a little man coming in every day with a jackhammer and it sounds as if he is drilling his way through to Singapore.’
    • ‘For the past few days, we've been blown away with all the noise from jackhammers, heavy road equipment, and auxiliary power units.’


[with object]mainly North American
  • Beat or hammer heavily or loudly and repeatedly.

    ‘Having pinpointed the exact location, the bird goes in for the kill with an elaborate maneuver, kicking its legs out from under its wings and jackhammering its beak a few centimeters into the soil to nab its wriggling breakfast.’
    • ‘Two workmen are busy jackhammering the footpath.’
    • ‘After a week of jackhammering the basement, we had ourselves a shiny new sump pump complete with a perimeter drain, battery backup and snazzy cover.’
    • ‘In the Fifties, radiant heating using hot water pipes embedded in concrete floor slabs made a promising entrance - and a humiliating exit after leaks required countless slabs to be jackhammered up for repair.’
    • ‘John, 40, said: ‘I was jackhammering concrete with my mate Dave when he saw something and said it looked like a hand grenade.’’