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

Translation of hammer in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (tool) the hammer and sickle
    la hoz y el martillo
    to go at it hammer and tongs
    (argue) discutir acaloradamente
    (work) trabajar a toda máquina
    darle duro [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Grip pressure should be firm but not tight - about the way you would grip a hammer's handle while driving nails.
    • Most of the project requires basic wood-working tools - a circular saw, a saber saw, an electric drill, a hammer, and a nail set.
    • Before you hit your sales reps with a lot of questions or break out the hammer and nails to begin building displays, do an assessment of your shop.
    1.2 (auctioneer's gavel) an important painting is to go under the hammer at next Tuesday's sale
    el martes que viene se subastará un cuadro importante
    el martes que viene se rematará un cuadro importante (South America)
    Example sentences
    • City fans will be given a chance to get hold of their own piece of football history when items from Maine Road go under the auctioneer's hammers.
    • A auctioneer lowers his hammer as a painting believed to be a work by Vincent Van Gogh is sold for US $550,000 in Tokyo yesterday.
    • Before I knew it my arm flew up, the auctioneer banged the hammer down and she was mine!
  • 2 2.1 (in piano)
    Example sentences
    • On the other hand, Debussy seems at times to call for a delicacy beyond the capability of fingers or for a piano which has no hammers at all.
    • The SFS adds a mechanical hammer block to prevent the hammer from hitting the firing pin unless the trigger is pulled.
    • If struck a hard blow, the hammers are designed to shear rather than override the sears.
    2.2 (in gun) 2.3 (in ear)
    Example sentences
    • The findings are drawn from examination of the hammer, anvil and stirrup bones in the ears of Homo heidelbergensis fossils, also known as Boxgrove Man.
    • The drum vibrates with the sound and rattles three small bones: the hammer, anvil and stirrup.
    • There they became the anvil and the hammer, minute bones that transmit sound from the eardrum to the stirrup bone and, ultimately, to the inner ear.
  • 3 (Sport) to throw the hammer
    lanzar el martillo
    who won the hammer?
    ¿quién ganó en martillo?
    Example sentences
    • And what about if the hockey was taking place on the same field that they were throwing the hammer and javelin.
    • For Skyrac AC Nicola Jackson threw the hammer 39.22m for sixth place.
    • Aidan Kelly scored top points when finishing in 1st place in the hammer with a throw of 36.24.
    Example sentences
    • There is also a track surface to provide a run-up for the javelin meaning the only disciplines the facility cannot currently play host to is the hammer and pole vault.
    • We are very strong here in Sligo on the track, but quite weak in some field events such as pole vault, high jump and hammer.
    • In the under-17 events, James Nagle won gold in the hammer and shot putt contests.

transitive verb

  • 1
    clavar (con un martillo)
    she tried to hammer the rules into them
    intentó meterles las reglas en la cabeza
    Example sentences
    • With the birds already in the construction I couldn't start hammering a new thing onto it, nor could they really be moved for fear of traumatising the newborn ducklings.
    • We heard the rhythmic pounding as the spear points were hammered onto shafts of ash wood.
    • A golden spike was hammered into the ground to symbolize the momentous occasion.
  • 2 (hit) he hammered the ball into the net
    clavó el balón en la red
  • 3 (defeat) [colloquial]
    darle una paliza a [colloquial]
    they were or got hammered in their last game [colloquial]
    les dieron una paliza en el último partido [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Although Skolars were hammered by a record score in the last game against Batley, Moorby is still taking the game seriously.
    • We got a glimpse of what may be possible when we hammered Doncaster in the opening game.
    • Swinging early and connecting often, the Giants hammered Curt Schilling and Brian Anderson in the first two games.
  • 4 (criticize)
    Example sentences
    • This is the first time I've ever had a case where in a shoplifting situation somebody has been hammered this relentlessly.
    • The author has been hammered by critics into a tiny ball of bloody gunk over the last few months.
    • They just attacked me, hammered me at the book signing.
  • 5
    also: hammered past participle
    to get hammered (British) [colloquial]

intransitive verb

  • 1 (strike)
    dar golpes
    (with hammer) dar martillazos
    to hammer at something
    golpear algo
    darle golpes/martillazos a algo
    to hammer on something
    golpear algo
    to hammer on the door
    golpear la puerta
    the rain was hammering on the roof
    la lluvia martilleaba or golpeteaba sobre el tejado
    Example sentences
    • On a coffee table in their sitting room stood two cups of cold coffee and the remains of two cream cakes - all that was left of the snack they abandoned last night when a neighbour hammered on their door and told them they had to get out.
    • Stephen then hammered on the door of a house to get help and an elderly man let him in and comforted him for half-an-hour before he walked for five minutes up the road to his home.
    • Both Mr Noble and Mr Roper then hammered on the room doors along the corridor to rouse other guests before dashing upstairs to wake people on the top floor.
  • 2 (throb) my heart was hammering
    el corazón me latía con fuerza
    my head was hammering
    tenía la cabeza a punto de estallar

Phrasal verbs

hammer home

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

hammer out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (make smooth)
alisar a martillazos
negociar (con mucho toma y daca)
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