Definition of hammer something out in English:

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hammer something out

1Make something by shaping metal with a hammer.
Example sentences
  • At first brass or copper sheet was made by hammering it out by hand.
  • The blacksmith who hammered it out from a single piece of stock was skilled at his trade.
  • This might be what was so puzzling to Moshe about the Menorah being hammered out from one piece of gold.
2Laboriously work out the details of a plan or agreement: a deal was being hammered out with the Dutch museums
More example sentences
  • But the conditions are that the guerrillas call a ceasefire and cessation of hostilities - a non-starter as the rebels have always said a ceasefire could only be called after the details of a peace agreement had been hammered out.
  • Now, sources say that votes could come as early as next Wednesday in the House and Thursday in the Senate, when all the details are hammered out.
  • In the end, there was too much opposition from business and development interests, so the CIR was put on hold while the superstore plan was hammered out.
thrash out, work out, agree on, sort out, decide on, bring about, effect, produce, broker, negotiate, reach an agreement on
3Play a tune loudly or clumsily, especially on the piano.
Example sentences
  • "Walking the Dog" was followed by the final tune of the first set, "Snake Rag", hammered out at a 140 tempo.
  • We had worked on it at sound checks, but hadn't really started hammering it out that morning before he got there.
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