from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The blow of a hammer, or a blow resembling that of a hammer, as the impact of an unbalanced wheel.


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  • Bravely, and at risk to its economic development India's central bank declared over a week ago that the Asia Clearing Union could no longer be used to settle transactions between India and Iran attaining to the India's purchases of Iranian oil and gas supplies thereby delivering a highly meaningful and symbolic hammer-blow to the Iranian regime please see The Oil Nabobs Slouching Towards Iran.

    Raymond J. Learsy: India Acts to Cut Off Iranian Oil Deliveries. The U.S. Needs to Act in Solidarity

  • This final act of negation is a hammer-blow to both Jokla and the reader.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • As he says,This deeply damaging proposal originates from the Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health & HIV and therefore comes from the heart of the abortion industry – threatening yet another hammer-blow to the sanctity of human life in this country.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • We have come many steps closer to what Elmer Diktonius put into words in one of his aphorisms: “If the purpose of art were to anaesthetize, to make us forget life, then a hammer-blow to the skull would be the simplest art, and the best” – though perhaps not quite in the way that Diktonius meant.

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • And also, Jamie Hepburn losing out in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth is a genuine hammer-blow.

    Not how it was meant to be...

  • After James Bulger's murder, Blair went to Wellingborough and announced that the killing was 'a hammer-blow against the sleeping conscience of the country '.

    Archive 2007-08-19

  • Though one can't mention the Congo and Lovecraft without adding a recommendation for David Drake's hammer-blow of a story, "Than Curse the Darkness."

    Kenneth Hite's Journal

  • I could hear the hammer-blow pounding of his heart against his chest.

    The Pursuit of Happiness

  • And as she lay gasping, she felt a second hammer-blow—this time, to her shoulder.


  • Obviously, the hammer-blow air and cruise-missile strikes over the past twenty-four hours had not been as successful as originally thought.



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