Synonyms of hammer in English:


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1‘they work the stone with hammer and chisel’

mallet, beetle, gavel


1‘the alloy is hammered into a circular shape’

beat, forge, shape, form, mould, fashion, make

2‘Sally hammered at the door’

batter, pummel, beat, bang, pound
strike, hit, knock on, thump on
cudgel, bludgeon, club, pelt, assail, thwack
informal bash, wallop, clobber, whack

3‘they have been hammering away attheir non-smoking campaign’

work hard, labour, slog away, plod away, grind away, slave away, work like a Trojan, work like a dog, keep one's nose to the grindstone
persist with, persevere with, keep on with, press on with, not cease from
informal stick at, peg away at, beaver away at, plug away at, work one's socks off on, sweat blood for, soldier on with, kill oneself with
British informal graft away at
rare drudge away at

give up on, abandon

4‘anti-racism had been hammered into her’

drum, instil, inculcate, knock, drive, din
drive home to, impress upon, teach repeatedly to, reiterate to

5‘he got hammered for an honest mistake’

criticize, censure, attack, condemn, castigate, chastise, lambaste, pillory, reprimand, rebuke, admonish, remonstrate with, take to task, haul over the coals, berate, reproach, reprove
informal knock, slam, lay into, roast, cane, blast, bawl out, dress down
British informal carpet, slate, slag off, monster, rollick
North American informal chew out, ream out, pummel, cut up
Australian, New Zealand informal bag
rare excoriate, objurgate, reprehend


6‘we have hammered them twice this season’

trounce, defeat, beat, beat hollow, worst, best, overwhelm, rout, annihilate, bring someone to their knees
informal thrash, clobber, lick, demolish, slaughter, murder, paste, pound, drub, give someone a drubbing, wipe the floor with, take to the cleaners, run rings round, walk all over, make mincemeat of, turn something inside out
British informal stuff, marmalize
North American informal shellac, cream, skunk, blow out
US informal own

lose to


    hammer something out

    ‘the area chairmen hammered out a national plan’


    thrash out, work out, agree on, sort out, decide on, bring about, effect, produce, broker, negotiate, reach an agreement on, come to terms about, come to a decision on, come to a satisfactory conclusion on, form a resolution about


    fail to agree about