a sledgehammer blow

  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    A sledgehammer is a very heavy hammer. 'Strike a blow' is usually imagined as being with a fist. A hammer blow would harder and a sledgehammer blow harder still. Neither of these terms are common, and really I cannot imagine Dickens using this phrase.
     

    Nura16

    Member
    Azerbaijan
    A sledgehammer is a very heavy hammer. 'Strike a blow' is usually imagined as being with a fist. A hammer blow would harder and a sledgehammer blow harder still. Neither of these terms are common, and really I cannot imagine Dickens using this phrase.
    Me too.
     
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