Definition of blunt instrument in English:

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blunt instrument


1A heavy object without a sharp edge or point, used as a weapon.
Example sentences
  • In this study, a serious incident is defined as violence or threat of violence with weapons used such as shotguns, knives, blunt instruments, syringes, screwdrivers, hammers, furniture, eg, chairs.
  • These techniques involve removal, repair of replacement of a diseased or damaged organ and make use of sharp or blunt instruments.
  • A bottle was a blunt instrument, then a sharp one.
1.1An imprecise or heavy-handed way of doing something: as a promotional method, direct mail has been a blunt instrument
More example sentences
  • Used in this way, representational painting is a somewhat blunt instrument to wield in a complex debate already full of visceral and hysterical reactions on both sides.
  • That is, that by doing more and more of the same, that is by making our blunt instrument heavier and heavier, we are going to achieve something different.
  • The third and final issue to be examined starts with the proposition that the military element of national power is a rather blunt instrument, not a precision tool.

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Syllabification: blunt in·stru·ment

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