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drop the hammer

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  • to commit to or take decisive action. Derived from similar expressions in automotive contexts.

    From definition-of.com:

    American English idiom: Bringing a pending act to fruition. Usually connotates an act which will have serious consequences. Also used in reference to quickly increasing speed in a car by manipulating a manual transmission gear shift (the "hammer").

    An answer on english.stackexchange.com:

    possible that ... "drop the hammer" evolved from "put the hammer down," a trucking term. Robert Chapman & Barbara Kipfer, Dictionary of American Slang, third edition (1995) has this entry for hammer down:

    hammer down, adv. phr. (truckers by 1960) Going full speed; with throttle to the floor; =wide open "...a herd of LA rednecks, all of 'em pie-eyed and hammer down"—Esquire

    From an answer on Quora:

    It's either hitting the gas very hard, or "dropping the clutch" at the beginning of a race.

    If drop the hammer = drop the clutch, it means releasing the clutch very quickly to start ("launch") the car quickly from a dead stop

    cf. lower the boom, hit the gas, give it the gunpull out all the stops

    November 8, 2019

  • Re the tail end of that definition, I've heard it used in the race sense for humans too. For example in a middle- or long-distance race when a runner decides to sprint.

    November 9, 2019