Definition of sledgehammer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

sledgehammer

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈsledʒhæmə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsledʒhæmər//
 
 
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  • a large heavy hammer with a long handle
  • Idioms
    use a sledgehammer to crack a nut
     
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    to use more force than is necessary
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sledgehammer