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Meaning of sledgehammer

sledge•ham•mer

Pronunciation: (slej'ham"ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a large heavy hammer wielded with both hands.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. to hammer, beat, or strike with or as if with a sledgehammer.
—adj.
  1. crudely or ruthlessly forceful; lacking all dexterity or grace: the artist's sledgehammer approach.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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