Meaning of hammer and sickle

ham'mer and sick'le

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  1. the emblem of the Soviet Union, adopted in 1923 and consisting of an insignia of a hammer with its handle across the blade of a sickle and a star above.
  2. any emblem similar to this, as the flag of Communist parties in some countries.
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