One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Use disproportionately drastic measures to deal with a simple problem.
- ‘So far we have just been giving warnings because we didn't want to use a sledgehammer to crack a nut - we, like a lot of people in the town, actually support the building of a skatepark for them.’
- ‘The MoD was using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’
- ‘A charitable view would be to say it cracks a tiny nut with an enormous sledgehammer.’
- ‘Mark Oaten, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, warned: ‘Labour seems obsessed with breaking away the traditions of the jury system and is in danger of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’’
- ‘The fact that 11 humps on a short stretch of country road (where, incidentally, it has never been established statistically that an overwhelming accident problem existed in the first place) is a case of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’
- ‘While most people are, no doubt, all for continuing to improve standards, it seems the powers that be are using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’
- ‘Obsessed as Network Rail is with targets for punctuality, it is taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’
- ‘It feels a bit like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’
- ‘Your wording in your submission is that, to your mind, the disciplinary process used a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’
- ‘‘I think they are using a sledgehammer to crack a nut here,’ he said.’
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