Synonyms of hammer in English:


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1‘they work the stone with hammer and chisel’


mallet, beetle, gavel


1‘the alloy is hammered into a circular shape’


beat, forge, shape, form, mould, fashion, make

2‘Sally hammered at the door’


batter, pummel, beat, bang, pound

strike, hit, knock on, thump on

cudgel, bludgeon, club, pelt, assail, thwack

informal bash, wallop, clobber, whack

3‘they have been hammering away at their non-smoking campaign’


work hard, labour, slog away, plod away, grind away, slave away, work like a Trojan, work like a dog, keep one's nose to the grindstone

persist with, persevere with, keep on with, press on with, not cease from

informal stick at, peg away at, beaver away at, plug away at, work one's socks off on, sweat blood for, soldier on with, kill oneself with

British informal graft away at

rare drudge away at


give up on, abandon

4‘anti-racism had been hammered into her’


drum, instil, inculcate, knock, drive, din

drive home to, impress upon, teach repeatedly to, reiterate to


5‘he got hammered for an honest mistake’


criticize, censure, attack, condemn, castigate, chastise, lambaste, pillory, reprimand, rebuke, admonish, remonstrate with, take to task, haul over the coals, berate, reproach, reprove

informal knock, slam, lay into, roast, cane, blast, bawl out, dress down

British informal carpet, slate, slag off, monster, rollick

North American informal chew out, ream out, pummel, cut up

Australian NZ informal bag

informal, rare excoriate, objurgate, reprehend



6‘we have hammered them twice this season’


trounce, defeat, beat, beat hollow, worst, best, overwhelm, rout, annihilate, bring someone to their knees

informal thrash, clobber, lick, demolish, slaughter, murder, paste, pound, drub, give someone a drubbing, wipe the floor with, take to the cleaners, run rings round, walk all over, make mincemeat of, turn something inside out

British informal stuff, marmalize

North American informal shellac, cream, skunk, blow out

US informal own


lose to


    hammer something out

      ‘the area chairmen hammered out a national plan’


      thrash out, work out, agree on, sort out, decide on, bring about, effect, produce, broker, negotiate, reach an agreement on, come to terms about, come to a decision on, come to a satisfactory conclusion on, form a resolution about


      fail to agree about