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British English: /ˈhamə/
American English: /ˈhæmər/

Translation of hammer in French:


  • 3 (gavel) to come ou go under the hammer
    être vendu aux enchères
  • 6 (on firearm)
    chien (m) .

transitive verb

  • 1 [literal] (beat)
    marteler (metal sheet, door, table, piano keys)
    to hammer something into
    enfoncer quelque chose dans (wall, fence, rock)
    to hammer something into shape
    façonner quelque chose au marteau
    they hammer the copper into pots
    ils façonnent le cuivre pour en faire des pots
    to hammer something flat
    aplatir quelque chose à coups de marteau
    she hammered her fists against the door
    elle tapait des poings contre la porte
  • 2 [figurative] (insist forcefully) to hammer something into
    faire entrer quelque chose dans la tête de (pupils, recruits)
    they had grammar/Latin hammered into them
    on leur a bien inculqué la grammaire/le latin
    to hammer home a message/warning
    bien faire comprendre un message/avertissement
  • 3 (attack)
    critiquer (government, policy, proposal)
    descendre [quelque chose] en flammes [informal] (book, film)
  • 4 [informal] (Sport) (defeat)
    battre [quelqu'un] à plates coutures
  • 5 (attack)
    pilonner (enemy positions, target)
    (recession, unemployment)
    accabler (district, region)

intransitive verb

  • 1 (use hammer)
    frapper à coups de marteau
  • 2 (pound) to hammer on ou at
    (person, rain, hailstones)
    tambouriner contre (door, window)
    hailstones hammered against the window/on the roof
    la grêle tambourinait contre la fenêtre/sur le toit
  • 3 (thump)
    battre fort

Phrasal verbs

hammer away

taper à coups de marteau
[figurative] to hammer away at
(lobbyist, campaigners)
s'attaquer à (proposal, issue)
pilonner (enemy position)
tambouriner contre (door)
taper sur (piano)
he's hammering away at his essay
il travaille sur son devoir avec acharnement

hammer in

hammer in [something], hammer [something] in
enfoncer [quelque chose] à coups de marteau

hammer out

hammer out [something], hammer [something] out (negotiate)
parvenir à [quelque chose] après maintes discussions (agreement, policy, formula)
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