Definition of hammering in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhaməriNG/


1The sound or action of hammering something.
Example sentences
  • I walked up the stairs in the balcony, hearing my own footsteps which sounded like someone hammering.
  • Accompanied by the sound of hammering, cursing, and drilling, Graham has been populating the walls with pictures, plates, and other bits of our stuff.
  • Amid the sounds of hammering and drilling, I shuffled about having breakfast and reading the post.
2 informal A heavy defeat: the 7-0 hammering by the Yankees
More example sentences
  • It was Gary Bennett's Quakers who kick-started City's recent slide with their 4-0 hammering of the Minstermen in the LDV Vans Trophy last month.
  • After Tipperary's hammering of Clare in 1994, Tipp scored 2-29, Loughnane, then a selector, decided to take action.
  • Of course, a 5-0 hammering of the Quakers would have been welcomed with open arms but from there the only way is down and at least City have left room for improvement and kept expectation levels in check.


take a hammering

Be subjected to a heavy defeat or harsh treatment.
Example sentences
  • Eriksson took a hammering in the press after defeat by Australia in a friendly at Upton Park last year.
  • One could only pity Laois as they took a hammering from mighty Tipperary in the All Ireland senior hurling championship qualifiers at O'Moore Park Portlaoise on Saturday.
  • Last week PwC's client ScottishPower took a hammering on the markets following malicious rumours of accounting irregularities at its Pacificorp subsidiary.

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Syllabification: ham·mer·ing

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