Definition of use (or take) a sledgehammer to crack a nut in English:

use (or take) a sledgehammer to crack a nut

phrase

informal
  • Use disproportionately drastic measures to deal with a simple problem.

    • ‘Obsessed as Network Rail is with targets for punctuality, it is taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’
    • ‘‘I think they are using a sledgehammer to crack a nut here,’ he said.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Your wording in your submission is that, to your mind, the disciplinary process used 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A charitable view would be to say it cracks a tiny nut with an enormous sledgehammer.’
    • ‘The MoD was using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’
    • ‘It feels a bit like using a sledgehammer to crack a nut.’