Definition of hammer and sickle in US English:

hammer and sickle


  • The symbols of the industrial worker and the peasant used as the emblem of the former Soviet Union and of international communism.

    ‘its plastic jacket bore a gold hammer and sickle’
    • ‘In 1919 the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic approved another state emblem: a hammer and sickle in the rays of the rising sun, surrounded by a garland of wheat.’
    • ‘Rifondazione was founded in 1992 as a reaction to the turn by the PCI away from its name and its traditional symbol of the hammer and sickle.’
    • ‘The two parts of the painting are joined by the ampersand, which here begins to resemble a sundial or the hammer and sickle of the Soviet past.’
    • ‘Why, Applebaum asks, does wearing the swastika attract widespread scorn, while no one blinks at the person wearing a hammer and sickle on his baseball cap?’
    • ‘There were not many more British enthusiasts for the hammer and sickle than there had been for the double-headed eagle.’
    • ‘The hammer and sickle and two very groovy 1950s jets are old-style Soviet.’
    • ‘Gone are the days of workers marching together towards the hammer and sickle.’
    • ‘Furthermore, albums such as Nova Akropola and Opus Dei used images of Trotsky and the hammer and sickle, as well as the swastika.’
    • ‘Putin also brought back the red Soviet flag - but only for the Russian army, and without the hammer and sickle.’
    • ‘Everywhere there is a hammer and sickle and everywhere one hears the word ‘international’.’
    • ‘Under the weight of the hammer and sickle for 75 years, both painting and photography were created primarily in the service of the state.’
    • ‘Note the flag they're flying instead of burning: the hammer and sickle.’
    • ‘At the prompting of former Soviet Union countries, the EU is also considering banning the hammer and sickle and the red star.’
    • ‘I hope they mean that we develop shared sovereignty, but I think they are referring to Heinlein's Soviet menace of a hammer and sickle on the Moon.’
    • ‘These include a transistor radio, which was well known as the president's favorite mode of communicating propaganda, and the Soviet hammer and sickle.’
    • ‘As he lifted his hand to salute us, I saw that the shiny red badge on his cap still bore the gold hammer and sickle of the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘On the top was a hammer and sickle, below that the letters KGB.’
    • ‘At the other end of the epoch, the Berlin Wall came down in November 1989, but it would be two more years before the hammer and sickle would be stricken from the spire of the Kremlin.’


hammer and sickle

/ˈhæmər ænd/